Maha Ayyoub

T2i :

Anti-tumour immunity and immunotherapy

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of our research axis

Tumour antigen-specific T cells

T cell depletion

Immune checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy

Anti-cancer vaccines

Clinical trials

Pre-clinical orthotopic models





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Del, Mathilde, Claire Illac, Mathilde Morisseau, Martina Aida Angeles, Anne Ducassou, Sarah Betrian, Guillaume Bataillon, et al. “Intraepithelial Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes Shape Loco-Regional PET/CT Spread of Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer.” International Journal of Gynecological Cancer: Official Journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society 34, no. 4 (April 1, 2024): 490–96.
Ricotta, Giulio, Elodie Gauroy, Anne-Sophie Navarro, Alejandra Martinez, and Gwenael Ferron. “How to Reduce Anterior Resection Syndrome and Post-Operative Complication after Rectosigmoid Resection.” International Journal of Gynecological Cancer: Official Journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society, March 28, 2024, ijgc–2024–005306.
Spagnolo, Emanuela, Alejandra Martinez, Andrea Mascarós-Martínez, Josep Marí-Alexandre, María Carbonell, Eva González-Cantó, Eva Manuela Pena-Burgos, et al. “Evaluation of Immune Infiltrates in Ovarian Endometriosis and Endometriosis-Associated Ovarian Cancer: Relationship with Histological and Clinical Features.” International Journal of Molecular Sciences 24, no. 15 (July 28, 2023): 12083.
Feliu, Virginie, Carlos Gomez-Roca, Marie Michelas, Noémie Thébault, Françoise Lauzéral-Vizcaino, Anna Salvioni, Lise Scandella, et al. “Distant Antimetastatic Effect of Enterotropic Colon Cancer-Derived Α4β7+CD8+ T Cells.” Science Immunology 8, no. 84 (June 2, 2023): eadg8841.
Martínez, Alejandra, Cyrus Chargari, Elsa Kalbacher, Anne-Lise Gaillard, Alexandra Leary, Martin Koskas, Nicolás Chopin, et al. “Recommandations pour la pratique clinique Nice/Saint-Paul-de-Vence 2022–2023 : prise en charge du cancer de l’endomètre localisé.” Bulletin Du Cancer 110, no. 6S (June 2023): 6S20-26S33.
Martinez, Alejandra, Fabrice Lecuru, Nicolò Bizzarri, Cyrus Chargari, Anne Ducassou, Anna Fagotti, Francesco Fanfani, et al. “PARa-AOrtic LymphAdenectomy in Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer (PAROLA Trial): A GINECO, ENGOT, and GCIG Study.” International Journal of Gynecological Cancer: Official Journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society, January 30, 2023, ijgc–2022–004223.
Martinez, Alejandra, Berta Díaz-Feijoo, and Denis Querleu. “Para-Aortic Lymphadenectomy in Cervical Cancer Deserves a New Trial.” International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer, September 16, 2022, ijgc–2022–003910.
Martinez-Gomez, Carlos, Marie Michelas, Clara-Maria Scarlata, Anna Salvioni, Carlos Gomez-Roca, Victor Sarradin, Françoise Lauzéral-Vizcaino, et al. “Circulating Exhausted PD-1+CD39+ Helper CD4 T Cells Are Tumor-Antigen-Specific and Predict Response to PD-1/PD-L1 Axis Blockade.” Cancers 14, no. 15 (July 28, 2022): 3679.
Martinez, Alejandra, Elodie Chantalat, Martina Aida Angeles, Gwénaël Ferron, Anne Ducassou, Manon Daix, Justine Attal, Sarah Bétrian, Amélie Lusque, and Erwan Gabiache. “Metabolic Activity Determines Survival Depending on the Level of Lymph Node Involvement in Cervical Cancer.” BMC Cancer 22, no. 1 (July 23, 2022): 810.
Angeles, Martina Aida, Alicia Hernández, Asunción Pérez-Benavente, Bastien Cabarrou, Emanuela Spagnolo, Agnieszka Rychlik, Amel Daboussi, et al. “The Effect of Major Postoperative Complications on Recurrence and Long-Term Survival after Cytoreductive Surgery for Ovarian Cancer.” Gynecologic Oncology 166, no. 1 (July 2022): 8–17.
Daix, Manon, Carlos Martinez Gomez, Martina Aida Angeles, Stéphanie Tock, Laurence Gladieff, Erwan Gabiache, Eliane Mery, Alejandra Martinez, David Cibula, and Gwénaël Ferron. “Extended Pelvic Resection for Gynecological Malignancies: A Review of out-of-the-Box Surgery.” Gynecologic Oncology, March 21, 2022, S0090-8258(22)00174-3.
Daix, Manon, Martina Aida Angeles, Hélène Leray, Kelig Vergriete, Alejandra Martinez, and Gwenael Ferron. “Anterior Pelvic Exenteration and Laterally Extended Pelvic Resection: A Step by Step Procedure.” International Journal of Gynecological Cancer: Official Journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society 32, no. 1 (January 2022): 107–8.
Angeles, Martina Aida, Hélène Leray, Federico Migliorelli, Manon Daix, Alejandra Martinez, and Gwenael Ferron. “Surgical Approach of the Left Upper Quadrant for Ovarian Cancer in 10 Steps.” International Journal of Gynecological Cancer: Official Journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society 31, no. 11 (November 2021): 1488–89.
Cerapio, Juan-Pablo, Marion Perrier, Camille-Charlotte Balança, Pauline Gravelle, Fréderic Pont, Christel Devaud, Don-Marc Franchini, et al. “Phased Differentiation of Γδ T and T CD8 Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes Revealed by Single-Cell Transcriptomics of Human Cancers.” Oncoimmunology 10, no. 1 (2021): 1939518.
Khalifa, Jonathan, Julien Mazieres, Carlos Gomez-Roca, Maha Ayyoub, and Elizabeth Cohen-Jonathan Moyal. “Radiotherapy in the Era of Immunotherapy With a Focus on Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Time to Revisit Ancient Dogmas?” Frontiers in Oncology 11 (2021): 662236.
Balança, Camille-Charlotte, Anna Salvioni, Clara-Maria Scarlata, Marie Michelas, Carlos Martinez-Gomez, Carlos Gomez-Roca, Victor Sarradin, et al. “PD-1 Blockade Restores Helper Activity of Tumor-Infiltrating Exhausted PD-1hiCD39+ CD4 T Cells.” JCI Insight, December 17, 2020.
Montfort, Anne, Thomas Filleron, Mathieu Virazels, Carine Dufau, Jean Milhès, Cécile Pages, Pascale Olivier, et al. “Combining Nivolumab and Ipilimumab with Infliximab or Certolizumab in Patients with Advanced Melanoma: First Results of a Phase 1b Clinical Trial.” Clinical Cancer Research, December 3, 2020, clincanres.3449.2020.
Weulersse, Marianne, Assia Asrir, Andrea C. Pichler, Lea Lemaitre, Matthias Braun, Nadege Carrie, Marie-Veronique Joubert, et al. “Eomes-Dependent Loss of the Co-Activating Receptor CD226 Restrains CD8(+) T Cell Anti-Tumor Functions and Limits the Efficacy of Cancer Immunotherapy.” Immunity 53, no. 4 (October 13, 2020): 824-839.e10.
Fluckiger, Aurélie, Romain Daillère, Mohamed Sassi, Barbara Susanne Sixt, Peng Liu, Friedemann Loos, Corentin Richard, et al. “Cross-Reactivity between Tumor MHC Class I-Restricted Antigens and an Enterococcal Bacteriophage.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 369, no. 6506 (August 21, 2020): 936–42.
Trimaglio, Giulia, Anne-Françoise Tilkin-Mariamé, Virginie Feliu, Françoise Lauzéral-Vizcaino, Marie Tosolini, Carine Valle, Maha Ayyoub, et al. “Colon-Specific Immune Microenvironment Regulates Cancer Progression versus Rejection.” Oncoimmunology 9, no. 1 (July 12, 2020): 1790125.
Martinez, Alejandra, Jean-Pierre Delord, Maha Ayyoub, and Christel Devaud. “Preclinical and Clinical Immunotherapeutic Strategies in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.” Cancers 12, no. 7 (July 2, 2020): 1761.
Balança, Camille-Charlotte, Clara-Maria Scarlata, Marie Michelas, Christel Devaud, Victor Sarradin, Camille Franchet, Carlos Martinez Gomez, et al. “Dual Relief of T-Lymphocyte Proliferation and Effector Function Underlies Response to PD-1 Blockade in Epithelial Malignancies.” Cancer Immunology Research 8, no. 7 (July 2020): 869–82.
Pont, Frédéric, Marie Tosolini, Qing Gao, Marion Perrier, Miguel Madrid-Mencía, Tse Shun Huang, Pierre Neuvial, Maha Ayyoub, Kristopher Nazor, and Jean-Jacques Fournié. “Single-Cell Virtual Cytometer Allows User-Friendly and Versatile Analysis and Visualization of Multimodal Single Cell RNAseq Datasets.” NAR Genomics and Bioinformatics 2, no. 2 (June 1, 2020): lqaa025.
Prat, Mélissa, Augustin Le Naour, Kimberley Coulson, Fanny Lemée, Hélène Leray, Godefroy Jacquemin, Mouna Chirine Rahabi, et al. “Circulating CD14 high CD16 low Intermediate Blood Monocytes as a Biomarker of Ascites Immune Status and Ovarian Cancer Progression.” Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 8, no. 1 (2020): e000472.
Montfort, Anne, Carine Dufau, Céline Colacios, Nathalie Andrieu-Abadie, Thierry Levade, Thomas Filleron, Jean-Pierre Delord, Maha Ayyoub, Nicolas Meyer, and Bruno Ségui. “Anti-TNF, a Magic Bullet in Cancer Immunotherapy?” Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer 7, no. 1 (November 14, 2019): 303.
Franchini, Don-Marc, Olivia Lanvin, Marie Tosolini, Emilie Patras de Campaigno, Anne Cammas, Sarah Péricart, Clara-Maria Scarlata, et al. “Microtubule-Driven Stress Granule Dynamics Regulate Inhibitory Immune Checkpoint Expression in T Cells.” Cell Reports 26, no. 1 (January 2, 2019): 94-107.e7.


Y Lan Blanchard
Doctorant / PhD student
Caroline Fournier
Master / Master student
Alejandra Martinez
Hospitalo-Universitaire / University teacher hospital practitioner
Jean-Pierre Delord
Hospitalo-Universitaire / University teacher hospital practitioner
Myriam Maixent
Technicien de laboratoire / Laboratory Technician
Carlos Gomez-Roca
Clinicien Chercheur / Researcher hospital practitioner
Maha Ayyoub
Hospitalo-Universitaire / University teacher hospital practitioner
Françoise Lauzeral-Vizcaino
Ingénieur de laboratoire / laboratory engineer
Clara-Maria Scarlata
Ingénieur de laboratoire / laboratory engineer
Anna Salvioni
Chercheur Post-Doctorant / Post-Doc researcher
Christel Devaud
Chercheur Post-Doctorant / Post-Doc researcher
Victor Sarradin
Doctorant / PhD student
Giulia Costanza Leonardi
Chercheur Post-Doctorant / Post-Doc researcher
Virginie Feliu
Ingénieur de laboratoire / laboratory engineer
Lise Scandella
Technicien de laboratoire / Laboratory Technician
Marie Michelas
Ingénieur de laboratoire / laboratory engineer
Célia Ramade
Doctorant / PhD student
Sylvie Giuriato
Chercheur statutaire / permanent scientist
Noémie Thébault
Ingénieur de laboratoire / laboratory engineer

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