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  • Daniel Medina-Luna, BSc


Dr. Andrew P. Makrigiannis

Program of Study:

PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

Project Title:

Natural Killer Cells Memory Response in Cancer Immunotherapy.

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship (NSGS) 2020
  • Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Vaccinology (I3V) Graduate Studentship 2020
  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2019
  • DMRF CIBC Graduate Studentship in Cancer Immunotherapies 2019
  • Research NS Scotia Scholars Award 2019
  • MITACS- Globalink Graduate Fellowship 2018 
  • MITACS-Globalink Research Internship  2017 

Career Aspirations:

I am interested in the interaction between immunology and cancer and in novel approaches to improve current immunotherapies. Following completion of my graduate degree, I plan to continue in the cancer immunotherapy research field and hope that my research will be translated into better future treatments.


Dalhousie University


Cruz-Ramos, M., Zamudio-Cuevas, Y., Medina-Luna, D., et al. Afatinib is active in osteosarcoma in osteosarcoma cell lines. Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology. 2020 April 24:

Rahim, M. M. A., Parsons, B. D., Price, E. L., Slaine, P. D., Chilvers, B. L., Seaton, G., Wight, A., Medina-Luna, D., et al. Defective influenza A virus RNA products mediate MAVS-dependent upregulation of human leukocyte antigen class I proteins. Journal of Virology. 2020 April 22:

Zamudio-Cuevas Y, Fernandez-Torres J, Martinez-Nava AG, Martinez-Flores K, Ramirez-Olvera A, Medina-Luna D, Hernandez-Perez AD, Landa-Solis C, Lopez-Reyes AG. Monosodium urate crystal phagocytosis by human synoviocytes induces inflammation. Experimental Biology and Medicine. 2019 Feb 10:1535370219830665.

Lopez-Reyes A, Clavijo-Cornejo D, Fernandez-Torres J, Medina-Luna D, Estrada-VillaseƱor EG, Gomez-Quiroz LE, Gutierrez M, Granados J, Vargas-Alarcon G, Pineda C, Garcia H, Morales-Garza LA, Gutierrez-Ruiz MC, Martinez-Flores K. Fast morphological gallbladder changes triggered by a hypercholesterolemic diet.  Annals of Hepatology 2018 Aug 24;17(5):857-863.

Medina-Luna D, Santamaria-Olmedo MG, Zamudio-Cuevas Y, Martinez-Flores K, Fernandez-Torres J, Martinez-Nava AG, Clavijo-Cornejo D, Hernandez-Diaz C, Olivos-Meza A, Gomez-Quiroz LE, Gutierrez-Ruiz MC, Pineda C, Blanco F, Reginato AM, Lopez-Reyes AG. Hyperlipidemic microenvironment conditions damage mechanisms in human chondrocytes by oxidative stress. Lipids in Health and Diseases. 2017 Jun 12;16(1):114.

Zamudio-Cuevas Y, Martinez-Flores K, Fernandez-Torres J, Loissell-Baltazar YA, Medina-Luna D, Lopez-Macay A, Camacho-Galindo J, Hernandez-Diaz C, Santamaria-Olmedo MG, Lopez-Villegas EO, Oliviero F, Scanu A, Cerna-Cortes JF, Gutierrez-M, Pineda C, Lopez-Reyes AG. Monosodium urate crystals induce oxidative stress in human synoviocytes. Arthritis Research and Therapy. 2016 May 21;18(1):117.

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