Dr Alistair Cook - Institute for Respiratory Health

Dr Alistair Cook

Dr Alistair Cook

Research Fellow
BSc Aberd., PhD Edin

Originally from Aberdeen in Scotland, Alistair completed his PhD in stem cell biology at the University of Edinburgh in 2010. He spent the following year working full-time as a flow cytometry specialist, prior to moving to Perth and joining NCARD as a postdoc in 2011. Alistair has been heavily involved with early phase immunotherapy clinical trials for patients with mesothelioma.   A particular focus of this work has been to examine changes in immune cells from blood samples given by participating patients before and after treatment; both in terms of which cells are present and what their activational status is. This may enable us to: 1) identify those patients most likely to respond to immunotherapy; 2) know whether a treatment may be working or not in an individual; or 3) identify additional molecules or pathways that may be targeted in order to increase the effectiveness of existing treatments.  More recently he has instigated a programme of preclinical research to examine the best way to improve outcomes of cancer immunotherapy through use of radiotherapy to boost immune responses. He currently supervises PhD and honours students, and delivers lectures in tumour immunology.

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