Jana De Vrieze

CRIG member
Jana De Vrieze

Doctoral Fellow – Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology – Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UGent)
Principal investigator: Prof. Bruno G. De Geest (PhD)


Research focus

In our lab we design different synthetic polymers, i.e. macromolecules composed from a number of identical repeating units, to engineer the immune system. Innate immune activation is an important is an important hallmark in fighting against cancer and can be provoked by potent small molecule agonists of pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMSs). However, uncontrolled PAMP triggering evokes systemic inflammatory immune responses and has hampered clinical translation of several classes of small molecule immune-modulators such as imidazoquinoline TLR 7/8 agonists. Taking advantage of the inherent albumin-binding property of lipid motifs and their tendency to accumulate in lymphoid tissue, we design amphiphilic lipid-polymer conjugates that confer suppression of systemic inflammation but provoke potent lymph node immune activation.
In our work we provide a rational base for the design of such lipid-polymer amphiphiles for optimized lymphoid targeting. 

Contact & links

  • Lab address: Ottergemsesteenweg 460, Third Floor, 9000 Ghent
  • Lab De Geest
  • Jana De Vrieze is interested to receive invitations for presentations or talks