CRI Funded Scientists

Alexandria C. Wells, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Area of Research: Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer worldwide, and several skin cancers have been shown to be directly caused by viruses. Our immune system constantly surveys our bodies for malignant cancer cells and eliminates them once such cells have been discovered via a process is known as immunosurveillance, but the scope of the immune responses that contribute to immunosurveillance is not entirely understood. 

Bacteria on the skin are known to influence immune responses there, including against viruses, so Dr. Wells is working to characterize exactly how the skin microbiota—the collection of all microbes found there—contribute to immunosurveillance and determine whether it might be able to help protect against cancers caused by viruses. Her research also seeks to identify novel targets for new immunotherapies, including improved cancer vaccines. Overall, she is combining both fundamental and tumor immunology to help us better understand and address tumor development and immunosurveillance.

Projects and Grants

Investigation of an Anti-Tumor Multikingdom Dialogue in the Skin

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH | Skin Cancer | 2020 | Yasmine Belkaid, PhD

This website uses tracking technologies, such as cookies, to provide a better user experience. If you continue to use this site, then you acknowledge our use of tracking technologies. For additional information, review our Privacy Policy.