Salem Chouaib

Salem Chouaib

Nationality : Tunisia
Position : Vice-Chancellor of Research, Gulf Medical University, United Arab Emirates
Field of study : Cancer immunology and Immunotherapy
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Prof. Salem Chouaib completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI) at Pasteur Institute. He received his Doctorate es-sciences (Ph.D.) in immunology (laboratory of Jean Dausset) in 1983 from the same university. He, then, joined the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he undertook post-doctoral training in Human Immunogenetics Laboratory. In 1986, he was appointed as a research associate at the French National Institute of Health and Biomedical Research (INSERM) and joined the Tumor Biology Department at the Institute Gustave Roussy. In 1994, he became Research Director at INSERM and Head of Tumor Immunology Laboratory (INSERM U487) at Gustave Roussy. In 2018, he was appointed as Director of the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine at Gulf Medical University. In 2019, he was nominated as Vice Chancellor for Research at the same University. Prof Chouaib’s research focuses on the investigation of the reactivity of killer cells in the context of tumor microenvironment complexity and plasticity. Prof. Chouaib’s current research focuses on the impact of tumor hypoxia on anti-tumor immune response regulation and acquisition of tumor-resistant phenotype. His research was constantly directed at impulsing the transfer of fundamental concepts in clinical application in particular in the field of cancer immunotherapy. He was awarded the cancer research prize of the French League Against Cancer in 1992 and in 2004 the presidential prize in biotechnology. In 2022, he obtained an international award from the Nencki Institute for Experimental Biology (Warsaw Poland) for his contribution to the understanding of the influence of tumor hypoxic stress on the anti-tumor cytotoxic response and its potential impact on cancer immunotherapy. He is a devoted educator having directed the work of many postdoctoral fellows. He has been lecturing cancer immunology for the Ph.D. programs at the University Paris Sud since 1992. Prof Salem Chouaib has authored over 350 publications and several reviews in the field of human immunology and tumor biology as well as in editorship for contribution to several books. Furthermore, he is a guest lecturer at different universities. He is an ad hoc referee for numerous journals and scientific foundations. He is a member of various professional associations and is a scientific advisor and consultant in many scientific institutions.


1983: Research Fellow, Human Immunogenetics Laboratory, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA 1986: Research Associate (2nd class 1986-1990, 1st class 1990-1992) INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research) 1992: Research Director 2d Class, INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research) 2000: Research Director 1st Class, INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research) 2016: Research Director exceptional Class, INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research) 2018: Professor at Gulf Medical University 2018: Director Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine at Gulf Medical University 2019: Vice Chancellor of Research Gulf Medical University

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