Johanna A. Joyce, PhD

UNIL University of Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland


Johanna Joyce is a professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and full member of the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research. Her laboratory investigates the microenvironment in which a tumor arises and the critical influence that non-cancerous immune and stromal cells can have on tumor progression, metastasis and therapeutic response. They have uncovered regulatory signals provided by the normal tissue stroma and immune cells to the cancer cells, and determined how normal cells can be modified by the cancer cells to produce a variety of factors that regulate tumor malignancy. A major focus of the Joyce lab’s recent research has been to deeply and comprehensively interrogate the immune landscape of brain tumors, and then use this gained knowledge to develop novel strategies to therapeutically target the tumor microenvironment.

Prof. Joyce has been recognized for her contributions to cancer research through a series of awards including the Robert Bing Prize, Cloetta Prize, Swiss Bridge Award, American Cancer Society Scholar Award, Rita Allen Foundation Award, V Foundation Award, Sidney Kimmel Foundation Award, and many others. Prior to her move to Switzerland in 2016, she was a full member at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and she did her postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco. Prof. Joyce is dedicated to supporting and mentoring the next generation of researchers, serving on many committees devoted to training students, hiring and promoting faculty, and ensuring diversity, inclusivity and equal opportunities. She also co-founded the ‘Skills for Scientists’ program at the University of Lausanne to enhance the training and future careers of PhD students, master students, postdocs and junior faculty.