• Portrait of Abdel Soussi Gounni
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    419 Apotex Centre - 750 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0T5

    Phone: 204-975-7750

Research achievements


Research summary

Dr. Abdelilah Gounni is a professor of immunology at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, and a scientist at the Children Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.

Dr. Gounni’s research interests include the mechanisms of airways diseases and pathways regulating structural and inflammatory cell recruitment, activation and survival.

 Over the years, his work has focused on the role of high-affinity IgE receptor (FcepsilonRI), cytokines (interleukin-9, thymic stromal lymphopoeitin), soluble pattern recognition receptor (pentraxin-3) in regulating airway inflammation, airway hyperresponsiveness and remodelling.

Most recently, his lab studies the function, expression and regulation of a neuronal chemo-repellent protein, Sema3E, in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research Interests

  • Molecular mechanisms of inflammation and remodeling
  • Chronic pulmonary diseases
  • Innate immunity
  • Semaphorins
  • Pentraxins
  • Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP)

Research affiliations

  • Scientist, Children Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, Health Sciences Centre
  • Member, Biology of Breathing Group, University of Manitoba



Dr. Abdelilah Gounni pursued his doctoral training at the Pasteur Institute, University of Lille, France. Following this, he underwent additional training as a National Swiss Foundation Research fellow at the Swiss Tropical Institute, University of Basel, and as a postdoctoral fellow at the Meakins-Christie Labs, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

In 1999, Dr. Gounni was honored with a Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation fellowship award for his innovative research on IgE receptor-mediated inflammation, making him one of only six investigators globally to receive this recognition.

In 2001, Dr. Gounni joined the department of immunology at the University of Manitoba, where he established a competitive research program focusing on the molecular mechanisms of airway chronic diseases. His work has significantly advanced our understanding of these conditions and has opened avenues for novel therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Gounni holds editorial positions in prominent scientific journals, including serving as a section editor for the Frontiers in Allergy Journal in Lausanne, Switzerland, and as an associate editor for Allergy Asthma and Clinical Immunology, the Official Journal of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Additionally, he is an editorial board member of Clinical Experimental Allergy, the Official Journal of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Lille, Centre for Immunology and Parasite Biology, Pasteur Institute, Lille, France (1995)

Master's Degree equivalent in Microbiology, Centre de Recherche de Biochimie et Génétique Cellulaire (CRBGC), National Centre for Scientific Research, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France (1991)

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France (1989)



  • Merit Award in Research, University of Manitoba, Canada


  • Manitoba Research Chair in molecular airway inflammation, Winnipeg, Canada


  • Ken Hughes Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Medical Research, University of Manitoba


  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, Ottawa, Canada


  • Post-doctoral research award, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Ranked 3rd, Henning Lowenstein Award for Research excellence in Allergy, ALko Abello, Denmark


  • Post doctoral fellowship from CAAAIF/Glaxo Welcome/CIHR, Ottawa, Canada


  • Post doctoral fellowship from Medical Research Council (MRC), Ottawa, Canada
  • International Fellowship Research Award, Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation, Uppsala, Sweden


  • Post doctoral Fellowship, Montreal Chest Institute-Royal Victoria Foundation, Montreal, Canada


  • Post doctoral Fellowship from Swiss National Foundation, Bern, Switzerland


  • Graduate Studentship from Pasteur Institute, Lille, France


  • PhD Studentship, Merieux Foundation, Lyon, France

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Max Rady College of Medicine
Apotex Centre
Room 471, 750 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada