Prof. Gires Olivier

Prof. Gires Olivier

Head of Dept

Head and neck Research, LMU Munich
Munich, Germany

plus Speciality

CANCER

Biography:

Olivier Gires is a Full Professor at the ENT Research Department, Munich Medical Center, Germany. In 1999, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in biology for his work on Epstein-Barr virus' oncoprotein LMP1. Thereafter, Gires focused on the identification and molecular characterization of tumor-associated antigens with particular emphasis on the elucidation of the function of the therapeutic target EpCAM. Work by his group unraveled the oncogenic potential of EpCAM along with underlying molecular mechanisms of EpCAM signaling. Presently, his work concentrates on the characterization of markers of cancer stem cells such as EpCAM and CD133 in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas and in murine embryonic stem cells.

Academic positions:

Head of Dept. August 2007 - present Department of Head and Neck Research Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany Group leader 2001 - present Clinical Cooperation Group „Molecular Oncology“ Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Clinic and Policlinic for Ear, Nose, and Throat Diseases and GSF-National Center for Environment and Health, Munich Group leader 2000 - August 2007 Dept. of Head and Neck Research Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany Clinic and Policlinic for Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases Research Group „Tumour-associated antigens“ Post-Doc Fellow, Clinical Oncology 1999 - 2000 Laboratory of PD Dr. Reinhard Zeidler, Dept. of Head and Neck Research Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Clinic and Policlinic for Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases “Functional characterisation of the tumour-associated antigen EpCAM” Project leader (mentoring of a PhD student and a technical assistant) PhD Thesis in Tumor Virology 1996 - 1999 Laboratory of Prof. Wolfgang Hammerschmidt, Department of Gene Vectors Helmholtz Center Munich (GSF), Germany “Signal transduction by the Epstein-Barr viral antigen LMP1” Thesis advisors: Prof. Wolfgang Hammerschmidt and Prof. Dirk Eick Grade: 0.7 (summa cum laude)

Research interests:

Functional characterisation of tumour antigens, tumour-initiating cells, and embryonic stem cells. Special focus on the epithelial cell adhesion molecule EpCAM in the abovementioned cell types. Translation of insights in basic research into pre-clinical trials.

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