Maria Leite De Moraes is a Senior Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). She is a cell biologist whose research focuses on the immune system and its influence in the setting of regulatory responses observed in allergic diseases. Dr. Leite-de-Moraes graduated from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1986, then moved to Paris, and obtained her Ph.D. degree at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, France, in 1993. She is currently a Team Leader at CNRS UMR 8147 at Hospital Necker in Paris. She was a pioneer in the study of the functional properties of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells and their implication on allergic asthma severity. More recently, she demonstrated the ability of mouse and human iNKT cells to secrete IL-17. The results of these studies give rise to new perspectives for the use of iNKT cells as therapeutic target to allergic disorders. Dr. Leite-de-Moraes is the author of numerous publications and serves as an ad hoc reviewer in several journals in the area of immunology and allergy.
Biography Updated on 19 December 2011