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Cambridge Immunology Network



Dendritic cells (DCs) play a key role in initation of immune responses against pathogens and tumours. In order to prime the relevant CD8+ T cells, DCs acquire antigens from infected or cancer cells and process them for presentation on MHC class I molecules. We areCa interested in the signalling events, membrane trafficking pathways, and transcriptional programmes that control processing of captured antigens and the efficiency of T cell priming. We employ proteomics, transcriptomics and CRISPR-Cas9-based genetic screening strategies to identify the players involved and to build a detailed picture of the molecular events that occur in DCs following antigen uptake.


We also aim to understand how intracellular membrane trafficking and signalling pathways are modulated by danger signals associated with viral infection or tumour environment. These signals regulate the efficiency of antigen processing as well as expression of co-stimulatory molecules and, ultimately, determine whether the DC-T cell interaction results in an immunogenic response or, conversely, promotes tolerance.


Key publications: 

Choma, M., J. Lumb, P. Kozik, and M.S. Robinson. A Genome-wide Screen for Machinery Involved in Downregulation of MHC Class I by HIV-1 Nef. PLoS ONE (2015) vol. 10 (10): e0140404


Kozik, P.*, N.A. Hodson, D.A. Sahlender, N. Simecek, C.S. Soromani, J. Wu, L.M. Collinson, and M.S. Robinson. A human genome-wide screen for regulators of clathrin-coated vesicle formation reveals an unexpected role for the V-ATPase. Nat Cell Biol (2013) vol. 15 (1) pp. 50-60

* joint corresponding author


Borner, G.H.H., R. Antrobus, J. Hirst, G.S. Bhumbra, P. Kozik, L.P. Jackson, D.A. Sahlender, and M.S. Robinson. Multivariate proteomic profiling identifies novel accessory proteins of coated vesicles. J Cell Biol (2012) vol. 197 (1) pp. 141-60


Kozik, P., R.W. Francis, M.N.J. Seaman, and M.S. Robinson. A screen for endocytic motifs. Traffic (2010) vol. 11 (6) pp. 843-55


Toussaint, H., F.-X. Gobert, M. Schindler, C. Banning, P. Kozik, M. Jouve, F. Kirchhoff, and P. Benaroch. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 nef expression prevents AP-2-mediated internalization of the major histocompatibility complex class II-associated invariant chain. J Virol (2008) vol. 82 (17) pp. 8373-82


Wright, C.A., P. Kozik, M. Zacharias, and S. Springer. Tapasin and other chaperones: models of the MHC class I loading complex. Biol Chem (2004) vol. 385 (9) pp. 763-78


Other Professional Activities

Public Involvement/Engagement

January 2019: Interview with Kathy Weston for a Women in Science project

Other Group Members
June 2019: MRC Festival Zone of “I’m a Scientist, get me out of here!” (L. Boquete Vilarino)
April 2020: Medical Research Zone of “I’m a Scientist, stay at home!” (L. Boquete Vilarino)
2020: Organising Committee for the Pint of Science Immunology (L. Boquete Vilarino)

Dr Patrycja  Kozik
Takes PhD students
Not available for consultancy


Departments and institutes: 
Person keywords: 
antigen processing
cytotoxic T cells (CTL)
innate immunity
MHC class II
pattern recognition receptors
fluorescence microscopy
antigen presentation
dendritic cells
genetic screening
MHC class I