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Mike Barnkob

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Mike Barnkob


DPhil Student

I am a postgraduate student working in Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo's laboratory in the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the MRC Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine. My research is focused on exploring interactions between the immune system and tumours.  Cancer cells often switch on developmental programs, allowing them to proliferate in an uncontrolled way, which creates an environment that's diminished in nutrients and oxygen. I have become particularly interested in how T cells move and migrate in these environments, especially by looking at cell-repulsive proteins normally described during development.  

Ultimately we hope our research will inform new therapies that could enable T cells to function better in these tumours.  

You can read more about my research on my website or follow me on Twitter.

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