Imperial College London

Dr Nadia Guerra

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences




+44 (0)20 7594 5663n.guerra




Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Guerra is an Assistant Professor and head of the "Inflammation and Tumour Immunity" lab in the Department of Life Sciences.  Her research aims to elucidate the physiologic relevance of Natural Killer cell Receptors (NK-R)  in the development of Immunopathologies and Cancer using preclinical models of disease.   The lab has recently uncovered a novel and unexpected role for NKG2D in its capacity to promote rather than delay tumorigenesis in models of inflammation-driven Cancer. An additional focus in the lab relies on combining state-of-the-art multi-photon imaging with novel mouse models to investigate the behaviour of NK cells during chronic inflammation with the view of understanding the role they play in cancer progression. 

Nadia received her Ph.D. from the University Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris  in 2002 where she studied the role of inhibitory NK cell receptors in kidney cancer under the supervision of Dr. Anne Caignard at the Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France.  Her studies evidenced the presence and regulatory function of inhibitory NK receptors KIR on CD8+T lymphocytes infiltrating Renal Cell Carcinoma. She then joined the group of Prof. David Raulet at the University of Berkeley, California to complete her postdoctoral training focusing on the role of NK group 2, member D (NKG2D) in vivo. She made a significant contribution to the NK cell field through the generation of NKG2D-deficient mice, instrumental to the understanding of NK cell function in disease models.



Joana's thesis

* On April 11th 2017, Joana Guedes successfully defended her Ph.D viva entitled "Role of NKG2D in models of liver inflammation and tumorigenesis" in front of examiners Dr. Keith Gould (ICL) and Prof. Mala Maini (UCL)

* Joana presented orally her work at the 7th annual NK-UK meeting held at UCL on January 2017.


* PhD student Sam Sheppard has now joined the lab of Dr. Joseph Sun at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY for his post-doctoral training. Oct 2016

* Dr. Guerra was invited to present recent findings of the lab on the novel role of NKG2D in Hepatocellular Carcinoma at the 16th annual meeting of the Society for Natural Immunity in Taormina, Sicily - Oct 2016.


Students (Ph.D or Post-doc level) interested in joining the lab should email their resume and cover letter to Dr Guerra (



Sheppard S, Guedes J, Mroz A, et al., 2017, The immunoreceptor NKG2D promotes tumour growth in a model of hepatocellular carcinoma, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

Collery P, Mohsen A, Kermagoret A, et al., 2015, Antitumor activity of a rhenium (I)-diselenoether complex in experimental models of human breast cancer, Investigational New Drugs, Vol:33, ISSN:0167-6997, Pages:848-860

Sparks H, Warren S, Guedes J, et al., 2015, A flexible wide-field FLIM endoscope utilising blue excitation light for label-free contrast of tissue, Journal of Biophotonics, Vol:8, ISSN:1864-063X, Pages:168-178

Basey-Fisher TH, Guerra N, Triulzi C, et al., 2014, Microwaving Blood as a Non-Destructive Technique for Haemoglobin Measurements on Microlitre Samples, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Vol:3, ISSN:2192-2640, Pages:536-542


Tomaz DT, Guerra N, Dyson JD, et al., Fluorescent tagged NK cell receptors expressed in vivo using retrogenic mice to study the delivery of signals in NK cells, International Congress of Immunology 2013

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