News 2016

December 2016

The Ashkar lab celebrates Leila Vahedi's time in the lab. Wishing you all the best Leila!

September 2016

Dr. Ashkar was invited to speak at Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s NK Cell-Based Cancer Immunotherapy Symposium in Boston, to share the lab's work on autologous ex vivo expanded NK cells for solid tumor immunotherapy. 

The Ashkar lab received a $100,000 research grant from the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation to develop autologous NK cell therapy for ovarian cancer, under Dr. Ashkar and Dr. Hal Hirte.

Sophie awarded Queen Elizabeth II Ontario Graduate Scholarhip. Congratulations Sophie!

June 2016

The Ashkar Lab attends the 3rd Annual MIRC Perey Symposium at McMaster Innovation Park.




Reconstitution of immune cell in liver and lymph node of adult- and newborn-engrafted humanized mice.

Dykstra C, Lee AJ, Lusty EJ, Shenouda MM, Shafai M, Vahedi F, Chew MV, Collins S, Ashkar AA.

BMC Immunol. 2016 Jun 16;17(1):18. doi: 10.1186/s12865-016-0157-9.

PMID: 27307066 


May 2016

Congratulations to Amanda Lee, a PhD candidate, for achieving the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2016 FHS Research Plenary Awards Reception!



S6K-STING interaction regulates cytosolic DNA-mediated activation of the transcription factor IRF3.

Wang F, Alain T, Szretter KJ, Stephenson K, Pol JG, Atherton MJ, Hoang HD, Fonseca BD, Zakaria C, Chen L, Rangwala Z, Hesch A, Chan ES, Tuinman C, Suthar MS, Jiang Z, Ashkar AA, Thomas G, Kozma SC, Gale M Jr, Fitzgerald KA, Diamond MS, Mossman K, Sonenberg N, Wan Y, Lichty B.

Nat Immunol. 2016 May;17(5):514-22. doi: 10.1038/ni.3433. Epub 2016 Apr 4.

PMID: 27043414

February 2016

Congratulations to our two Master's students Evan Lusty and Mira Shenouda for successfuly defending their theses! We are very proud of you! See more...

January 2016

Congratulations to our lab technician Marianne who is expecting a baby girl! See more...