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Kwame Twumasi-Boateng, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

 

EducationKwame

 

  •     BSc ( Microbiology & Immunology ), McGill University, 2007

  •     PhD (Microbiology), University of California, Berkeley , 2012

 

Contact 

 

Tel       250-519-5706

Fax      250-519-2040

Email   ktwumasiboateng@bccrc.ca

 

Research Interests

 

The recognition of tumor cells by the immune system is one of the critical defenses against cancer progression.  Accordingly, eliciting or augmenting the immune response to cancer is an attractive therapeutic strategy.  Traditionally, such an approach has been difficult due to the remarkable heterogeneity of cancers making identification of common target antigens impractical.  However science is well on its way to overcoming this hindrance due to advances in sequencing technology.  

 

My interest lies in leveraging the power of next-generation sequencing to provide a comprehensive picture of the mutational landscape in different cancers.   I aim to use this information to rationally design personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines.  I will be developing this concept using novel animal models that closely reflect the human disease.  Ultimately, this work has the potential to identify and address many of the challenges such as immunogenic antigen identification, and optimal methods of vaccination that will need to be resolved in order to make personalized immunotherapy a reality.


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