- Cellular and molecular biology
- Complex flow cytometry
Dr. Georges Abboud completed his higher education (Ph.D. in Immunology) at Pasteur Institute- Lille, France which is one of the leading institutes in Microbiology and Immunology. There, he studied signals that regulate Atopic Dermatitis. He also studied the pathogenesis of several intestinal infections and chronic inflammations.
At UF, Dr. Abboud was first hired as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Shahram Salek-Ardakani in the Department of Pathology. There he extensively studied and characterized the signals that regulate the differentiation, function, and migration of Natural Killer cells and virus-specific T cells in the context of respiratory viral infections in mice. Later, under the supervision of Dr. Laurence Morel (Department of Pathology, UF), Dr. Georges Abboud helped characterize pro- and anti-inflammatory cells among the innate and adaptive immune system in the context of Arthritis and Systemic lupus erythematosus. He also characterized the metabolism of autoreactive versus exogenous antigen-specific immune cells.
Globally, he has worked for almost 20 years on a variety of diseases, and his research has been translated into peer-reviewed publications and grant applications. His extensive expertise in cellular and molecular biology as well as in complex flow cytometry will allow him to help increase the function and migration of human T cells for use in adoptive immunotherapy for cancer and the development of novel strategies for cancer immunotherapy.