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Ali Ashkar

Ali Ashkar

Canada Research Chair in Natural immunity and NK cell function

Tier 1: 2014-04-01



The focus of Dr. Ashkar’s research is to develop methods to empower patents’ own
natural defense against chronic viral infections and tumors. Dr. Ashkar’s research
team have developed a method to expand a cell population, called “natural Killer cells
(NKs), outside of our body and turn them against tumor cells or cells infected with
virus. These cells can be empowered and transferred into patients’ body. During
chronic viral infections or cancer, patients’ natural immunity is often weakened. By
increasing the number and potency of patient’s own NK cells, tumor cells or virally
infected cells can be eliminated with minimal side effects.