Dr Yassine Amrani
Dr Yassine Amrani holds a Readership in Respiratory Immunology at the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences of University of Leicester. Trained at the Universities of Constantine (Algeria) and Strasbourg (France), he got his first academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). In the past 20 years, Dr Amrani's lab has made key observations about how the interaction between pro-asthmatic factors and lung structural cells contributes to the asthma pathogenesis.
His main research achievements include the first demonstration that TH1 and TH2 cytokines may promote bronchial hyper-responsiveness by altering contractility of airway smooth muscle via changes in calcium metabolism. The other key contribution from his lab was to identify some of the molecular mechanisms that may explain why severe asthma patients poorly respond to both b2-agonists (i.e., receptor phosphorylation on tyrosine residues, functional interaction with mast cells) and corticosteroids (i.e., inhibition of GRa signaling by GRb, IRF-1 and PP5).
Dr Amrani has authored 8 book chapters, 12 reviews and more > 70 peer-reviewed articles in different Journals (J Immunol, J Allergy Clin Immunol, PNAS, JBC) that have been cited more than 3655 times. His H-Index is 36 (scopus search).
He acted as Ad hoc reviewer for > 25 medical journals (including PNAS, JCI, Nature Communication), > 16 funding bodies (US, UK, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, Ireland) and served on the review grant panel for NIH (USA), Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI, USA), Health Research Board (HRB, Ireland) and Agence pour la Recherche Nationale (ANR, France). He also received > 50 invitations as guest speaker in national and international institutions/conferences.