Annamaria Gal

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Research interests

My research centres on the mechanisms of tumour progression. I am interested in the communication between tumour cells and the cellular components of the tumour microenvironment. My particular interest lies in tumour associated macrophages; I investigate their plasticity, recruitment and the mechanisms they employ to promote tumour growth and metastasis. I have also been investigating TGF-beta induced chemokine and cytokine signalling in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and tumour dissemination.

Supervisory Interests

I supervise projects that investigate how macrophages interact with tumour cells and other components of the tumour microenvironment to drive metastatic tumour growth. Tumour associated macrophages are in the forefront of current research because of their ability to enhance tumour survival, invasion, angiogenesis and immune evasion. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Semmelweis University

1 Oct 199431 Aug 1998

Award Date: 28 Sep 1998

Master, Semmelweis University

5 Sep 198831 May 1993

Award Date: 18 Jun 1993

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

12 Oct 199823 Jul 1999

External positions

Review Editor in Inflammation, Frontiers in Immunology

27 Aug 2018 → …


  • RB Pathology
  • cancer
  • tumour associated macrophages
  • inflammation
  • metastasis
  • Q Science (General)
  • chemokines
  • cytokines


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