BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Sophie Ugolini PhD
Head of the laboratory INNATE LYMPHOID CELLS AND NEURAL REGULATION OF IMMUNITY
Centre d’immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML)
Parc Scientifique et technologique de Luminy
Marseille | France

Sophie Ugolini is a research director (DR) at INSERM and team leader at the Marseille-Luminy Immunology Centre (CIML). Her research focuses on the biology of inflammation, innate immunity, immune responses to pathogens and tumours. She has studied innate immune responses from the single molecule to the systemic level, using natural killer (NK) cells as a model system. This included genetic and functional studies based on N-ethyl N-nitrosourea (ENU) mutagenesis and the use of infectious and tumour models. Her team also participated in a clinical trial using NK cells as anti-cancer agents. More recently, her laboratory has been exploring the interactions between the nervous and immune systems. In particular, the team identified new neuro-immune pathways that play a crucial role in the regulation of inflammation and tissue repair.

Sophie Ugolini received several awards including the “Prix Duquesne” from the Ligue contre le cancer (2013), the “Prix Recherche” from INSERM (2012) and the Prix Dandrimont-Bénicourt from the Institut de France (2011), as well as an ERC Consolidator grant (2015).