Bassani lab

Our main goal is to identify clinically relevant cancer specific Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) ligands that will guide the development of personalized cancer immunotherapy using state of the art proteogenomics and mass-spectrometry (MS) approaches. In the clinic, we aim to integrate, for the first time, mass-spectrometry-based immunopeptidomics into the innovative translational clinical strategy of personalized immunotherapy within the Department of Oncology. ...

Research projects


  • We develop proteogenomics and MS-based immunopeptidomics analytical and computational approaches to identify HLA ligands derived from tumor-associated proteins, mutated neoantigens, non-canonical ORFs and post translationally modified peptides.
  • We have initiated fundamental discovery work to elucidate how tumor cells present antigens and what are the bases of tumor immunogenicity in mouse and human.
  • We are investigating the differences between T cell inflamed and non-inflamed tumors in terms of antigen presentation and the antigenic landscape and how drugs modulate the immunopeptidome.
  • We have established a continuous bioinformatics pipeline called NeoDisc enabling direct and personalized identification and prediction of neoantigens by combining genomic information derived from exome-seq analysis and transcriptomics data with measured immunopeptidomics data.
  • We apply our discovery pipeline in the context of phase I clinical vaccine and adoptive T cell therapy trials at the CHUV to identify personalized neoantigens from patient tumor samples.


Michal Bassani-Sternberg

Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Group leader Human integrated tumor immunology discovery engine (Hi-TIDe), Department of Oncology, Head of clinical mass spectrometry unit, Center of experimental therapeutics UNIL & CHUV, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Lausanne BassaniLab

Selected Publications

Machine learning predictions of MHC-II specificities reveal alternative binding mode of class II epitopes.

Racle J, Guillaume P, Schmidt J, (...), Bassani-Sternberg M, Harari A, Gfeller D

Immunity – 2023 Mar 30

Bedside formulation of a personalized multi-neoantigen vaccine against mammary carcinoma.

Mohsen MO, Speiser DE, Michaux J, (...), Coukos G, Bassani-Sternberg M, Bachmann MF

Journal for immunotherapy of cancer – 2022 Jan

Reversion analysis reveals the in vivo immunogenicity of a poorly MHC I-binding cancer neoepitope.

Ebrahimi-Nik H, Moussa M, Englander RP, (...), Mandoiu II, Bassani-Sternberg M, Srivastava PK

Nature communications – 2021 Nov 5

Identification of tumor antigens with immunopeptidomics.

Chong C, Coukos G, Bassani-Sternberg M

Nature biotechnology – 2021 Oct 11

Sensitive Immunopeptidomics by Leveraging Available Large-Scale Multi-HLA Spectral Libraries, Data-Independent Acquisition, and MS/MS Prediction.

Pak H, Michaux J, Huber F, (...), Müller M, Coukos G, Bassani-Sternberg M

Molecular & cellular proteomics : MCP – 2021 Apr 9

CIITA-Transduced Glioblastoma Cells Uncover a Rich Repertoire of Clinically Relevant Tumor-Associated HLA-II Antigens.

Forlani G, Michaux J, Pak H, (...), Linnebacher M, Accolla RS, Bassani-Sternberg M

Molecular & cellular proteomics : MCP – 2021 Jan 6

Biogenesis of HLA Ligand Presentation in Immune Cells Upon Activation Reveals Changes in Peptide Length Preference.

Marino F, Semilietof A, Michaux J, (...), Coukos G, Müller M, Bassani-Sternberg M

Frontiers in immunology – 2020 Aug 28

Deciphering the Mechanisms of Improved Immunogenicity of Hypochlorous Acid-Treated Antigens in Anti-Cancer Dendritic Cell-Based Vaccines.

Graciotti M, Marino F, Pak H, (...), Harari A, Bassani-Sternberg M, Kandalaft LE

Vaccines – 2020 Jun 2

Integrated proteogenomic deep sequencing and analytics accurately identify non-canonical peptides in tumor immunopeptidomes.

Chong C, Müller M, Pak H, (...), Ohler U, Coukos G, Bassani-Sternberg M

Nature communications – 2020 Mar 10

Editorial: Novel Strategies for Anti-Tumor Vaccines.

Accolla RS, Buonaguro L, Melief C, Rammensee HG, Bassani-Sternberg M

Frontiers in immunology – 2020 Jan 17

Mass Spectrometry Based Immunopeptidomics Leads to Robust Predictions of Phosphorylated HLA Class I Ligands.

Solleder M, Guillaume P, Racle J, (...), Coukos G, Bassani-Sternberg M, Gfeller D

Molecular & cellular proteomics : MCP – 2019 Dec 17

A Phase I/II trial comparing autologous dendritic cell vaccine pulsed either with personalized peptides (PEP-DC) or with tumor lysate (OC-DC) in patients with advanced high-grade ovarian serous carcinoma.

Sarivalasis A, Boudousquié C, Balint K, (...), Harari A, Bassani-Sternberg M, Kandalaft LE

Journal of translational medicine – 2019 Nov 26

Immunopeptidomics of colorectal cancer organoids reveals a sparse HLA class I neoantigen landscape and no increase in neoantigens with interferon or MEK-inhibitor treatment.

Newey A, Griffiths B, Michaux J, (...), Cunningham D, Bassani-Sternberg M, Gerlinger M

Journal for immunotherapy of cancer – 2019 Nov 18

Robust prediction of HLA class II epitopes by deep motif deconvolution of immunopeptidomes.

Racle J, Michaux J, Rockinger GA, (...), Jandus C, Bassani-Sternberg M, Gfeller D

Nature biotechnology – 2019 Oct 14

A Phase Ib Study of the Combination of Personalized Autologous Dendritic Cell Vaccine, Aspirin, and Standard of Care Adjuvant Chemotherapy Followed by Nivolumab for Resected Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma-A Proof of Antigen Discovery Feasibility in Three Patients.

Bassani-Sternberg M, Digklia A, Huber F, (...), Harari A, Demartines N, Kandalaft LE

Frontiers in immunology – 2019 Aug 8

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