Yasser Aldhamen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics within the College of Natural Science. His research focuses on developing novel therapeutic platforms for cancer and infectious diseases.
Dr. Aldhamen received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University. He also holds a master’s degree in the Molecular Basis of Disease from the University of Toledo, and an MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at MSU.
Dr. Aldhamen investigates the role of the innate immune system and T cell dysregulation in cancer and works to develop gene-therapy-based immunotherapies. His lab’s most recent work has shown that SLAMF7 signaling reprograms T cells toward exhaustion in the tumor microenvironment and Ad5-SLAMF7-Fc vector functions as a potent, anti-tumor virotherapy approach.