Rezaul Karim, PhD

Interest: Cancer epidemiology, molecular cancer diagnosis and biomarker.

Rezaul Karim completed Bachelor of Science (Honors) and Master of Science from the Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka. He conducted Master of Science thesis research on the diarrheagenic potentials of environmental Vibrio choleraestrains non-O1 non -O139 strains using in vitro and rabbit model systems. He then moved to the Netherlands and completed his Master of Science in Immunology at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. In Utrecht, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Hans Clevers, Hubrecht Institute of Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research studying Wnt signaling deregulated in colorectal cancer. He finished his PhD thesis on “Deregulation of innate and adaptive immune responses in human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cancer” at the Cancer Immunology section of Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Cornelis J.M. Melief, Prof. Dr. Sjoerd. H. van der Burg, Dr. Judith M. Boer, Prof. Dr. Rienk Offringa, and Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan B. van Ommen. Final part of his PhD work was collaboratively conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Daniele Guardavaccaro, Hubrecht Institute of Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research, Utrecht. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory Prof. Dr. Josef Penninger at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Vienna, Austria on the molecular basis of cancer metastasis using newly developed conditional knockout and genetic mouse models, in vitro mechanistic studies and in situ human cancer specimens. His current research focuses on preclinical discovery of cancer immunotherapies to treat human cancers. He is married to Dr. Henrike E. Kos and father of two children.