Marina Wierz from the Tumor Stroma Interactions research group at the Department of Oncology defended her PhD thesis on 14th September 2020 at the amphitheatre of the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg. She successfully obtained the PhD title from the University of Paris-Saclay for her project “Characterisation of the tumour microenvironment in chronic lymphocytic leukemia by mass cytometry: implications for immunotherapy”.

Marina’s work was supported by a 4-year FNRS Télévie funding and jointly supervised by Dr Bassam Janji, Dr Etienne Moussay and Dr Jérôme Paggetti, the two later acting as the day-to-day supervisors. Her research results and developed methods are reported in four first-author publications of which one appeared in the high impact journal Blood. A fifth publication is currently in the revision process.

The defence committee was composed of Prof Eric Solary from the Gustave Roussy Institute/ University of Paris-Saclay (chair), Prof Dominique Bron from Institute Jules Bordet in Brussels (rapporteur), Dr Martina Seiffert from the DKFZ in Heidelberg (rapporteur), Prof Simone Niclou from LIH (examiner) and the supervisors. The committee highly valued the quality of Marina’s well-structured and detailed thesis and the very clear oral presentation.

Marina is now getting ready for her next career step. She will soon join the private sector to work on biomarker identification in cancer research. 

Congratulations on these achievements!