Immunotherapy, cancer, inflammatory diseases, antibodies, immunology
Focus of research
Since the start of her career Prof. dr. van Egmond has studied the function of antibodies, with emphasis on understanding the role of immunoglobulin A (IgA) in physiology and pathology. Her research also addresses (1) the contribution of abnormal antibody responses in chronic inflammation and autoimmunity and (2) monoclonal antibody therapy of cancer. Prof. dr. van Egmond’s research is highly translational and she has a cross appointment with the Department of Surgery and the Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology at Amsterdam UMC, to facilitate the rapid progression of pre-clinical findings into clinical applications. Prof.dr. van Egmond is the spokeswoman of the Dutch Society for Immunology, and since the COVID-19 crisis she has an active role in providing information on the immune system and vaccines to the general public.