• 27 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20092019
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Biography

Dr. Shadi Bokaee is an Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences in the School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

She received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Kingston University, London in 2007, and another BSc degree in Biology from Isfahan University, Iran in 2001. She was awarded a PhD scholarship in Immuno-oncology from University of Surrey. Her PhD was focused on targeting Homeobox genes for cancer immunotherapy.

She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Past Research

The aim of my PhD research was to investigate the immunotherapeutic potential of EN2, HOXA1 and HOXB13 (members of the HOX family) as vaccine targets. Immunohistochemical studies on high-density melanoma, breast and ovarian cancer tissue arrays (to assess EN2, HOXA1 and HOXB13 expression respectively) showed a large proportion of cancer cores over-expressing these antigens compared to normal tissues. The autoantibody response to these antigens was examined in cancer patients using ELISA assays. Further to this, a reverse immunology strategy was used to identify several immunogenic HLA-A2 restricted EN2, HOXA1 and HOXB13 epitopes which were observed to generate peptide specific immune responses in the majority of donors tested.

This was done by repeated peptide stimulation of PBMC from healthy donors and screening against T2 cells loaded with or without the relevant peptide in IFN-γ ELISPOT assays. Alongside this, HOXA1-specific T cells were tested against breast cancer cell lines, suggesting these epitopes are naturally processed and presented. Our findings suggested EN2 and HOXA1 as potential promising targets for vaccine therapy to treat melanoma and breast cancer patients respectively.

Also, I was involved in another project in which a peptide (HWFT) was developed that blocks the interaction between the Treg specific transcription factor, FOXP3 and its co-factor NFAT. Upon treatment of sorted murine splenocyte populations with HWFT specific apoptosis of Tregs was shown compared to non-Tregs as assessed by annexinV/7AAD FACS analysis. Furthermore, it was observed that HWFT inhibits murine Treg suppressive function in proliferation assays as well as inhibiting the production of the IL-10 suppressive cytokine. However, in humans, HWFT inhibits Treg suppressive capacity without killing. In addition, the effects of HWFT on immune responses against common recall antigens in in vitro assays was assessed using the PBMC of healthy individuals and cancer patients.

This was compared with anti CD25 depletion as an alternative Treg targeting method. In both systems non-Treg cells were spared, suggesting that this peptide represented a more specific and potentially less toxic method for targeting Tregs to relieve immune suppression than any other current treatment.

 

 

Research Interests

My main interests are in tumour immunology, immunotherapy and regulatory T cells. Also, I aspire to carry out further research in the areas of targeted therapy of human cancers using monoclonal antibodies, tumour biomarkers and drug-resistance in cancer, identification of novel therapeutic targets and diagnostic markers using monoclonal antibody technology.

Education/Academic qualification

Immuno-oncology, Doctorate, University of Surrey

2007 → …

Biomedical Sciences, Degree, Kingston University

Biology, Degree, Isfahan University of Technology

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 27 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 2 Meeting Abstract
1 Downloads (Pure)

Maternal Dietary Pattern with an Emphasis on Child Growth Pattern and Exclusive Breastfeeding Duration

Borazjani, F., Hardani, A. K., Bokaee, S. & Ahmadi Angali, K., Jun 2019, In : Epidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health. 16, 2, 9 p., e13074.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Breast Feeding
Mothers
Weights and Measures
Growth
Head

EN2: A Candidate Antigen for the Development of Targeted Therapies in Breast Cancer

Bokaee, S., 1 Nov 2012, In : Journal of Immunotherapy. 35, 9, p. 766-767 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Breast Neoplasms
Antigens
Therapeutics
Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms
HLA-A2 Antigen

Modulation of regulatory T cells by targeting the NFAT-FOXP3 protein : protein interaction

Bokaee, S., 2012, In : Journal of Immunotherapy. 35, 9, p. 775 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

NFATC Transcription Factors
Regulatory T-Lymphocytes
Neoplasms
Proteins
Transcription Factors

Activities 2008 2010

  • 4 Oral presentation

14th International Congress of Immunology, Kobe, Japan

Shadi Bokaee (Speaker)
Aug 2010

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Festival of Research

Shadi Bokaee (Speaker)
Jul 2009

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

British Society for Immunology (BSI), Glasgow, Scotland

Shadi Bokaee (Speaker)
Nov 2008

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

T cell Day

Shadi Bokaee (Speaker)
Jun 2008

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Prizes

Best Performance, British Society for Immunology

Shadi Bokaee (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Festival of Research

Shadi Bokaee (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)