Frédéric Geissmann

2005 Laureate

Current position

Member, Immunology Program, William E. Snee Chair of Cancer Immunology Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY Professor, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, New York, NY Professor of immunology, Weil-Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University, New York, NY

Host institution

Zuckerman Research Center, New York

Myeloid cell differentiation and functions



The Mononuclear Phagocyte System (MPS) is a group of cells with crucial functions in our immune system: it mediates and regulates inflammation. However, it is not only a powerful mechanism to control proliferation of microorganisms, it also –unfortunately- damages host tissues and contributes in the long term to many features of ageing and to cardiovascular and neurological diseases. In addition, deficiencies in the MPS are associated with inflammation and autoimmune diseases.

To better understand those processes, Frédéric Geissmann is investigating the differentiation and the function of those cells.

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• 1996 : M.D. , University Paris 5 Descartes, France

• 1999 : Ph. D. in Immunology, University Paris 5 Descartes, Necker Hospital for Sick Children, France, Nicole Brousse's lab

• 2000-2003 : Post-doctoral fellow, Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine, New York, USA, Dan Litman's lab

• 2003 : Appointed Group leader and Associate Professor at the University Paris 5 Descartes, France


• Senior Investigator Award, Wellcome Trust, 2013

• Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2010

• EURYI Award, European Science Foundation, 2006

• Laureate of the Avenir Program, Inserm, 2003