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Dr Olivier Gasser

MSc (Strasbourg), PhD (Basel)

Translational Immunology Group Leader

Dr Olivier Gasser completed his postgraduate degree in Biomedical Research at the University of Basel (Switzerland) in 2004.

Following postdoctoral research at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland (2004-2006), Harvard Medical School, USA (2006-2009) and back to the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland (2009-2011), Dr Gasser joined the Malaghan Institute in 2011 to become a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute’s Vaccine Immunotherapy programme.

In 2017, Dr Gasser was appointed as Translational Immunology Group Leader of our Nutrition & Microbiome research programme.


Research interests

My research interests lie in the bidirectional communication between the immune system and host metabolism, with a strong emphasis on the gut and its resident microbes. My research group and I will ensure the Institute's research efforts will be a key pillar of the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge. In particular, my research will focus on novel mechanistic aspects of the human immune system that could provide immediate impact to the fields of immune health as it relates to cancer, inflammatory and infectious diseases.

In essence, the Translational Immunology Research Group will aim at revealing the immune system’s evolutionary role as an environmental sensor, not purely restricted to pathogens but incorporating signals and stressors of metabolic origin, providing a distinct and holistic approach to disease prevention and cure.

Research group

Translational Immunology Research Group
Senior Research Officer: Angela Jones
Research Officer: Aurelie Gestin
Yanyan Li
Translational Immunology Group Leader: Dr Olivier Gasser
Masters Student: Anna Mooney

Publications

2015

Mester B, Bauer B, Wood CE, Hermans IF, Gasser O (2015) Expression of CD1a and Type-1 polarization are dissociated in human monocyte-derived dendritic cells.PLoS One

Anderson RJ, Compton BJ, Tang C, Authier-Hall A, Hayman CM, Swinerd GW, Kowalczyk R, Harris P, Brimble MA, Larsen DS, Gasser O, Weinkove R, Hermans IF, Painter GF.  (2015). NKT Cell-Dependent Glycolipid-Peptide Vaccines with Potent Anti-tumour Activity.  Chem. Sci.

2014

Hunn MK, Bauer E, Wood CE, Gasser O, Dzhelali M, Ancelet LR, Mester B, Sharples KJ, Findlay MP, Hamilton DA, and Hermans IF.  (2014). Dendritic cell vaccination combined with temozolomide retreatment: Results of a phase I trial in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme . Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 

Anderson RJ, Tang C, Daniels NJ, Compton BJ, Hayman CM, Johnston KA, Knight DA, Gasser O, Poyntz HC, Ferguson PM, Larsen DS, Ronchese F, Painter GF, Hermans, IF (2014).   ‘A novel synthetic self-adjuvanting lipopeptide vaccine to induce cytotoxic T lymphocytes that suppress allergic disease’.   Nature Chemical Biology.  

2013

Durovic B, Gasser O, Gubser P, Sigle J, Hirsch HH, Stern M, Buser A, Hess C. (2013) Epstein-Barr virus negativity among individuals older than 60 years is associated with HLA-C and HLA-Bw4 variants and tonsillectomy. J Virol. 

Gasser O, Brander C, Wolbers M, Brown NV, Rauch A, Günthard HF, Battegay M, Hess C; Swiss HIV Cohort Study. (2013) Expansion of interferon-g-secreting HIV-specific T cells during successful antiretroviral therapy. HIV Med. 

2012

Henn MR, Boutwell CL, Charlebois P, Lennon NJ, Power KA, Macalalad AR, Berlin AM, Malboeuf CM, Ryan EM, Gnerre S, Zody MC, Erlich RL, Green LM, Berical A, Wang Y, Casali M, Streeck H, Bloom AK, Dudek T, Tully D, Newman R, Axten KL, Gladden AD, Battis L, Kemper M, Zeng Q, Shea TP, Gujja S, Zedlack C, Gasser O, Brander C, Hess C, Günthard HF, Brumme ZL, Brumme CJ, Bazner S, Rychert J, Tinsley JP, Mayer KH, Rosenberg E, Pereyra F, Levin JZ, Young SK, Jessen H, Altfeld M, Birren BW, Walker BD, Allen TM. (2012) Whole genome deep sequencing of HIV-1 reveals the impact of early minor variants upon immune recognition during acute infection. PLoS Pathog. 

2011

Mehling M, Hilbert P, Fritz S, Durovic B, Eichin D, Gasser O, Kuhle J, Klimkait T, Lindberg RL, Kappos L, Hess C. (2011) Antigen-specific adaptive immune responses in fingolimod-treated multiple sclerosis patients. Ann Neurol. 

Daikeler T, Tzankov A, Hoenger G, Gasser O, Tyndall A, Gratwohl A, Hess C. (2011) Minimal T-cell requirements for triggering haemophagocytosis associated with Epstein-Barr virus-driven B-cell proliferation: a clinical case study. Ann Rheum Dis.

Durovic B, Zenhaeusern G, Hoenger G, Gasser O, Schaub S, Hess C. (2011) Allo-induced acute-phase response; IL-6 identifies a subset of individuals at risk for graft injury. Scand J Immunol. 

Gasser O, Zenhaeusern G, Hönger G, Brander C, Hess C. (2011) Immunosuppressive drugs asymmetrically impact circulating T cell counts and function. Scand J Immunol. 

Daikeler T, Hoenger G, Oehri I, Tyndall A, Gratwohl A, Brander C, Klimkait T, Gasser O, Hess C. (2011) Dominant Epstein-Barr virus-specific T-cell responses are maintained during moderate and intense immunosuppressive treatment. Ann Rheum Dis.

2009

Zenhaeusern G, Gasser O, Hönger G, Durovic B, Stern M, Hess C. (2009) Regulatory allospecific NK cell function is differentially associated with HLA C allotypes. Am J Transplant. 

Zenhaeusern G, Hönger G, Gasser O, Steiger J, Schaub S, Hess C. (2009) CD56(bright) natural killer cells expand and contract irrespective of CD25 antibody treatment in kidney allograft recipients. Scand J Immunol. 

Gasser O, Bihl F, Sanghavi S, Rinaldo C, Rowe D, Hess C, Stablein D, Roland M, Stock P, Brander C. (2009) Treatment-dependent loss of polyfunctional CD8+ T-cell responses in HIV-infected kidney transplant recipients is associated with herpesvirus reactivation. Am J   Transplant. 

Zenhaeusern G, Gubser P, Eisele P, Gasser O, Steinhuber A, Trampuz A, Handschin C, Luster AD, Hess C. (2009) A high-mobility, low-cost phenotype defines human effector-memory CD8+ T cells. Blood. 

2008

Gasser O, Berger C, Zenhaeusern G, Elsässer H, Oehri I, Schaub S, Hess C. (2008) Testing the "cytokine-ome" theory: a longitudinal pilot study in renal transplant recipients. Transplantation. 

Eken C, Gasser O, Zenhaeusern G, Oehri I, Hess C, Schifferli JA. (2008) Polymorphonuclear neutrophil-derived ectosomes interfere with the maturation of monocyte-derived dendritic cells. J Immunol. 

2007

Gasser O, Wolbers M, Steffen I, Hirsch HH, Battegay M, Hess C. (2007) Increased Epstein-Barr virus-specific antibody-levels in HIV-infected individuals developing primary central nervous system lymphoma. AIDS. 

Gasser O, Bihl FK, Wolbers M, Loggi E, Steffen I, Hirsch HH, Günthard HF, Walker BD, Brander C, Battegay M, Hess C; Swiss HIV Cohort Study. (2007) HIV patients developing primary CNS lymphoma lack EBV-specific CD4+ T cell function irrespective of absolute CD4+ T cell counts. PLoS Med. 

Zenhaeusern G, Gasser O, Saleh L, Villard J, Tiercy JM, Hess C. (2007) Investigation of alloreactive NK cells in mixed lymphocyte reactions using paraformaldehyde-silenced target cells. J Immunol Methods. 

2006

Gasser O, Schmid TA, Zenhaeusern G, Hess C. (2006) Cyclooxygenase regulates cell surface expression of CXCR3/1-storing granules in human CD4+ T cells. J Immunol.

2005

Pilzer D, Gasser O, Moskovich O, Schifferli JA, Fishelson Z. (2005) Emission of membrane vesicles: roles in complement resistance, immunity and cancer. Springer Semin Immunopathol. 

Gasser O, Missiou A, Eken C, Hess C. (2005) Human CD8+ T cells store CXCR1 in a distinct intracellular compartment and up-regulate it rapidly to the cell surface upon activation. Blood. 

Gasser O, Schifferli JA. (2005) Microparticles released by human neutrophils adhere to erythrocytes in the presence of complement. Exp Cell Res. 

2004

Horakova E, Gasser O, Sadallah S, Inal JM, Bourgeois G, Ziekau I, Klimkait T, Schifferli JA. (2004) Complement mediates the binding of HIV to erythrocytes. J Immunol. 

Gasser O, Schifferli JA. (2004) Activated polymorphonuclear neutrophils disseminate anti-inflammatory microparticles by ectocytosis. Blood. 

2003

Gasser O, Hess C, Miot S, Deon C, Sanchez JC, Schifferli JA. (2003) Characterisation and properties of ectosomes released by human polymorphonuclear neutrophils. Exp Cell Res.

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