dr. Filip Matthijssens (PhD)

CRIG member
Filip Matthijssens


Postdoctoral researcher -  Center for Medical Genetics Ghent, Faculty Medicine and Health Sciences, UGent
(PI: prof. Pieter Van Vlierberghe)

Research focus

T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive blood cancer arising from T-cell progenitors. The cure rate gradually increased over the past decades and more than 80% of children can be cured with intensive chemotherapy. However, the outcome of T-ALL patients with primary resistant or relapsed leukemia still remains poor. Therefore, the aim of my research is to unravel the molecular basis of high risk T-ALLs and to identify novel drug targets that may lead to the development of more effective and less toxic therapies.

Key publications

  • 'RUNX2 regulates leukemic cell metabolism and chemotaxis in high-risk T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia'. J Clin Invest. 2021.
  • Oncogenic ZEB activation drives sensitivity towards KDM1A inhibition in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia'. Blood, 2017. (PMID: 28069602)
  • 'Targeting BET proteins improves the therapeutic efficacy of BCL-2 inhibition in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia'. Leukemia, 2017. (PMID:28074072)
  • 'ZEB2 drives immature T-cell lymphoblastic leukaemia development via enhanced tumour-initiating potential and IL-7 receptor signalling'. Nature Communications, 2015. (PMID:25565005)
  •  ABT-199 mediated inhibition of BCL-2 as a novel therapeutic strategy in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia'. Blood, 2014. (PMID: 25301704)


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