McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Canada Research Chair in Natural Immunity and NK Cell Function

Ali Ashkar

Research Involves

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.


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