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Dr Nancy Zaarour

Dr Nancy Zaarour

  • Junior Research Fellow in Translational Immunology

Profile

I completed my PhD degree in Biochemistry from the university of Paris Pierre et Marie Curie, I joined the Mediterranean centre for molecular medicine to work on potentiating the action of insulin using small molecules compounds to treat type 2 diabetes. In 2013, I joined the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to study the impact of oxidation stress and ionising radiation on the nuclear architecture and genomic stability, including senescence and cancer. Afterwards, I undertook an immuno-oncology study at the Centre of Immunology in Marseille, to investigate the impact of epigenetic factors on V(D)J rearrangement of T-cell receptor in T cell differentiation and leukemogenesis.

Research

My research interests are broadly in translational immunology. I moved to NDORMS in Oxford to join Professor Paul Bowness group as postdoc in translational immunology, my research focused on drug discovery and development aiming to identify and validate new targets in Spondylarthritis patients. Since 2021, my research projects within Professor Ahmed Ahmed Lab. at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, have been focused on enhancing T cell immune response to Ovarian cancer with the aim to identify and develop preventive therapeutic strategies. This work was recognised recently by award of an Elman Poole Non-Stipendiary Junior Research fellowship.