Cancer vaccine development


Our focus

We work on the clinical development of personalized cancer vaccines. The aim is to improve whole tumor lysate vaccination approaches and other personalized cancer vaccine approaches by improving the dendritic cell platform and by choosing the most immunogenic antigen with the most practical preparation to be translated rapidly to the clinic.

The other focus of our lab is to find the best setting to integrate vaccines in the standard of care treatment plan for ovarian cancer patients and to understand the immune fitness of cancer patients and correlate it with vaccination.


Our projects

  • Improving whole tumor lysate vaccination approaches by enhancing the functionality of DC vaccines through genetic engineering and through comparing the different cross presentation capacity of different types of DCs.
  • Identifying the most effective and feasible personalized antigen for vaccination by understanding the immunogenic effect of oxidation through proteomics and immunopeptidomics in collaboration with Dr. Michal Bassani. Previous work showed that HOCl treatment of tumor cells (prior to lysis) greatly increases their immunogenicity. This work aims to identify what are the molecular and signaling mechanisms driving this improved immunogenicity.


  • Polymer nanomaterials for antitumor immunotherapy in collaboration with Pr Harm-Anton Klok (EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne). This study focuses on the development of nanoparticles for the delivery of autologous oxidized tumor lysate to mount a cancer-specific immune response.


  • Improving vaccination strategies by integrating vaccines with the standard of care therapy in an ovarian cancer mouse model. 

  • Understanding immune fitness of cancer patients and correlating it with vaccination.



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Results of a Phase 1 study combining personalized cancer vaccines with T-cell therapy to treat patients with ovarian cancer

Results of a Phase 1 study combining personalized cancer vaccines with T-cell therapy to treat patients with ovarian cancer

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Oncology Lausanne Kandalaft Lab

Associate Professor
Ludwig adjunct scientist

Laboratory L. Kandalaft

Department of oncology UNIL CHUV
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Lausanne

Head of Center of experimental therapeutics, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV)

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Phone +41 21 314 78 23
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Ludwig Cancer ResearchUniversité de LausanneCentre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)