SPECIALISMS:

  • Next generation therapeutic antibodies
  • Fc receptors
  • Innate effectorcells
  • IgA
  • Cancer
  • Lung virusses

 

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Biography

Dr. Jeanette Leusen, received her PhD in 1995 at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her entry into the field of therapeutic antibodies and their modes of action began when she was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Netherlands Scientific Organization (NWO). She is actively involved in the in vivo studies of therapeutic antibodies using several mouse models. Within the immunotherapy group, a unique panel of Fc receptor knock-out and transgenic animals has been developed and obtained over the past decades (e.g. Immunity, 2001; Cancer Research 2006, J.Immunol, 2014). Supported by grants from KWF and AICR, Dr. Leusen’s lab has generated and characterized a new transgenic mouse reconstituting FcR expression but incapable of ADCC. Interestingly, in both lymphoid and solid tumor models, therapy with several mAbs was completely abrogated in our ADCC-deficient model (Cancer Research, 2010, J. Immunol 2014, J. exp. Med 2017).

Last but not least, Dr. Leusen strongly believes in IgA as a novel class of antibody for treatment of both malignant as infectious disease. In 2013 she published for the first time in vivo efficacy of IgA antibodies (EMBO MM, 2013), but more studies were published in Cancer Immunol Res 2015, MABs 2015, Cancer res 2015 and 2016, and a review in Mol Imm 2015.

Research Project

  • Next generation therapeutic antibodies
  • Fc receptors
  • Innate effectorcells
  • IgA
  • Cancer
  • Lung virusses

Current External Activities

Scientific meetings

  • Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Antibody Biology and Engineering in 2018 (vice) and 2020
  • Organizer of FASEB meeting on ImmunoReceptors in 2014 and June 2016, Snowmass, Colorado, USA
  • Organizer of European Society for Clinical Investigations (ESCI): Phagocyte Workshop 2014

Senior Editor of scientific journals

  • American Journal of Cancer Research
  • Antibodies
  • American Journal of Blood Research

Personal Fellowships & Awards

  • 2000-2002 NWO grant (# 901-07-229) “Cell biology of FcgRI (CD64): role in antigen presentation” Now known as VENI.
  • Best collaborative research project of 2007, UMCU
  • Selected for the “Steyn Parvé” training and coaching program 2006 - 2008 of University of Utrecht, for excellent female senior investigators.

Scientific Publications

    10 selected from 91 publications:

    PROJECTS & GRANTS

    • NKB/KWF grant 2002-2006 (# UU2002-2706) “Mechanisms of cooperation of FcaRI (CD89) and Mac-1 (CD11b/CD18) in tumor cytotoxicity; implications for immunotherapy”. co-applicant, PhD student and technician and expenses for 4 years.
    • Meningitis Research Foundation project 2003-2005 (# 08/02): ‘Pathways that determine the endotoxic and adjuvant properties of meningococcal lipopolysaccharide’. co-applicant, 1 technician + consumables for 2 years. 
    • Association for International Cancer Research grant 2003-2006 (# 03-119): 'Antibody dependent tumour lysis by FcaRI (CD89) is regulated by Mac-1 (CD11b/CD18): dissection of signalling pathways'. Main applicant, post-doc + expenses for 3 years
    • Genmab 2006-2007. “Unibody” and “Mechanisms of action of new therapeutic antibodies”, Main and only applicant (1.3 FTE) 
    • NWO ALW, project ALW2PJ/05088 (2006-2010) ”Effector proteins of the high affinity IgG receptor, Fc gamma RI (CD64)”. Main and only applicant, PhD student for 4 years and expenses
    • Association for International Cancer Research grant (AICR) 06-368 “Mechanisms for antibody-therapeutics of cancer”. Main and only applicant, post-doc + expenses for 3 years
    • Genmab, 2007-2008: “Mechanisms of action of new therapeutic antibodies; involvement of FcR ITAM”, Main and only applicant, 1 technician + animal costs + consumables
    • UMCU “beleidsruimte” 2007: “Bioluminescent Imaging of Tumor Models”: Main applicant, technician one year + animal costs + consumables
    • UMCU division DLA, 2008 “resistance to antibody therapy of cancer”, co-applicant, technician one year + animal costs + consumables
    • Genmab, 2008-2009: “Mechanisms of action of new therapeutic antibodies; involvement of FcR ITAM” and “IgA as a therapeutic antibody”, Main and only applicant, 2 technicians + animal costs + consumables
    • UMC “beleidsruimte” 2008: Zeiss LSM 710 confocal microscope, Main applicant
    • Genmab, 2009-2010: “Mechanisms of action of new therapeutic antibodies; trogocytosis and involvement of FcR ITAM”, Main and only applicant, 2 technicians + animal costs + consumables
    • Genmab, 2010-2011: “New immunisation method for difficult targets”, Main and only applicant, 1 technician + animal costs + consumables
    • Synthon BV, 2010-2012 “Kinetics of antibodies in vivo” and “Improved therapeutic antibodies”  
    • IICU Seeding Grant 2011-2012, shared with Dr. R. Wubbolts, DGK UU “Fc receptor regulated antigen presentation by dendritic cells”  
    • AICR grant 11-012, 2011-2014 ‘IgA as new therapeutic antibody’ Main and only applicant, post-doc + expenses for 3 years
    • ERC stimulation grant (UU) 2011-2015: IgA as new therapeutic antibody for viruses, PhD student for 4 years
    • Synthon BV 2012-2017: next generation antibodies: 3 fte for 5 years
    • Friesland-Campina 2012-2013: Immune regulation by cow’s milk: postdoc for 6 months
    • Merus BV 2012-2013: ADCC capacity of novel therapeutic antibodies, postdoc and technician, ongoing
    • Genmab BV 2013-2015: effect of gene polymorphisms on therapeutic antibodies (technician) 
    • NWO/STW 2013-2017: MIRACLE (PhD student, 4 years) 
    • Friesland-Campina 2014-2015: Immune regulation by cow’s milk: postdoc for 4 months
    • Medimmune 2014-2015: IgA hybrids in vivo (Post-doc + technician, 1 year) 
    • Genmab BV 2015-2017: effect of gene polymorphisms on therapeutic antibodies (technician)
    • KWF grant 2015-2020: IgA as next generation antibody for treatment of cancer (PhD student and technician for 4 years)
    • KiKa grant 2016-2019: IgA isotype anti-CD20 antibodies: a novel treatment for B-cell malignancies in children and pediatric leukemia patients that suffer from B-cell diseases after stem cell transplantation (Post-doc for 3 years)
    • Villa Joep! Grant 2017-2021: Improved immunotherapy for neuroblastoma (PhD student and technician for 4 years)

    Associated Team Members

    • Toine ten Broeke, Post-Doc
    • Marco Jansen, technician
    • Maaike Nederend, technician
    • Petra Moerer, technician
    • Susanne Gonder, technician
    • Arianne Brandsma, PhD student
    • Mitchell Evers, PhD student
    • Kaylee Keller, PhD student
    • Tom Caniels, master student BMS
    • Firas Hamdan, master student BMS