Hilal Arnouk, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Downers Grove, IL

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Hilal Arnouk, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pathology at Midwestern University. Dr. Arnouk has received his education and post-doctorate training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has directed research studies in academia and biotech industry settings. His major areas of expertise include Cancer Immunotherapy, Biomarker Discovery and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Arnouk also enjoys being an educator for professional students in the medical and biomedical sciences.

Assistant Professor

Downers Grove, IL

Chicago College of Optometry
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
College of Graduate Studies - IL


Dental Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine

Courses Taught

PATHD 1501

PATHD 1502

PATHD 1602

OPTOD 1761

IBSSD 1532

CLIND 1499


My research efforts are focused mainly on developing immunotherapeutic approaches to treat cancers such as glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancers with an average survival of about a year from diagnosis despite combined surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. My approach to treat cancers relies on harnessing the ability of innate immune cells known as γδ T cells to recognize and eliminate the malignant tumor cells.

Immune cell attacking cancer cell

An immune cell attacking a cancer cell

I am also interested in biomarker discovery using proteomics. After the completion of the genome project, efforts are currently invested in identifying the proteins in human tissues, especially the ones correlated with chronic diseases such as cancer. I have combined the recent techniques of laser capture microdissection, differential two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry to identify a specific ovarian tumor antigen and characterized biomarkers for breast cancer and cervical cancer. These identified markers have promising clinical utility in the early detection of cancers. I am particularly interested in the interactions between tumor cells and the immune system. Tumor cells are distinguished from normal cells in a tissue by the presence of unique proteins known as tumor antigens that arise due to mutations and chromosomal translocations (e.g., the BCR/ABL fusion protein in leukemia), expression of proto-oncogenes at a higher level than their normal cellular counterparts (e.g., as a result of amplification as for HER-2/neu in breast cancer), or inappropriate activation of genes expressed only during the fetal stages of life (e.g. melanoma specific antigens of the MAGE family). Proteomics provides the ideal tools to identify these tumor antigens, which allows subsequent targeting of these proteins by antibodies, immune cells or target-specific drugs.


Arnouk H. (Editor) Cancer Immunotherapy and Biological Cancer Treatments, ISBN: 978-1-78984-863-2. Open Access: https://www.intechopen.com/books/cancer-immunotherapy-and-biological-cancer-treatments

Arnouk H. and Moqeet S. Are We There Yet? The Long and Winding Road to Cancer Immunotherapy, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.89553

Arnouk H. (Editor) Advancements in Tumor Immunotherapy and Cancer Vaccines, ISBN 978-953-307-998-1. Open Access: http://www.intechopen.com/books/advancements-in-tumor-immunotherapy-and-cancer-vaccines

Arnouk H, Merkley MA, Podolsky RH, Stöppler H, Álvarez M, Mariategui J, Ferris D, Lee JR, and Dynan WS. Characterization of Molecular Markers Indicative of Cervical Cancer Progression. Proteomics-Clinical Applications, 5: 516-527.

Arnouk H, Lee H, Zhang R, Chung H, Hunt RC, Jahng WJ. Early biosignature of oxidative stress in the retinal pigment epithelium. J Proteomics. 1; 74(2):254-61.

Arnouk H, Zynda E, Wang XY, Hylander B, Manjili M, Repasky E, Subjeck JR and Kazim L. Tumour secreted grp170 chaperones full-length protein substrates and induces an adaptive anti-tumour immune response in vivo. Int J Hyperthermia. 26(4):366-75.

Knight A, Arnouk H, Britt W, Gillespie GY, Cloud GA, et al. CMV-Independent Lysis of Glioblastoma by Ex Vivo Expanded/Activated Vδ1+ γδ T Cells. PLoS ONE 8(8): e68729.

Wang XY, Arnouk H, Chen X, Kazim L, Repasky EA and Subjeck JR. Extracellular targeting of endoplasmic reticulum chaperone glucose-regulated protein 170 enhances tumor immunity to a poorly immunogenic melanoma. J.Immunology, 177: 1543-1551

Kulawiec M, Arnouk H, Desouki M, Kazim L, Still I  and Singh KK. Proteomic analysis of proteins involved in mitochondria-to-nucleus retrograde response in human cancer cells. Cancer Biology & Therapy; 5(8):967-75.

Manjili MH, Arnouk H, Knutson KL, Kazim L, Subjeck JR. Emergence of immune escape variant of mammary tumors that has distinct proteomic profile and reduced ability to induce danger signals. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 7, 1-9

Bunworasate U. Arnouk H. Minderman H. O'Loughlin KL. Sait SN. Barcos M. Stewart CC. Baer MR. Erythropoietin-dependent transformation of myelodysplastic syndrome to acute monoblastic leukemia. Blood. 98(12): 3492-4

Lee H, Arnouk H, Sripathi S, Chen P, Zhang R, Bartoli M, Hunt RC, Hrushesky WJ, Chung H, Lee SH, Jahng WJ. Prohibitin as an oxidative stress biomarker in the eye. Int J Biol Macromol. 47(5):685-90.Int J Biol Macromol. 47(2):104-8.

Lee H, Chung H, Arnouk H, Lamoke F, Hunt RC, Hrushesky WJ, Wood PA, Lee SH, Jahng WJ. Cleavage of the retinal pigment epithelium-specific protein RPE65 under oxidative stress. Int J Biol Macromol. 47(2):104-8

Bryant NL, Gillespie GY, Lopez RD, Markert JM, Cloud GA, Langford CP, Arnouk H, Su Y, Haines HL, Suarez-Cuervo C, Lamb LS Jr. Preclinical evaluation of ex vivo expanded/activated gammadelta T cells for immunotherapy of glioblastoma multiforme. J Neurooncol. 101(2):179-88.

Merkley MA, Hildebrandt E, Podolsky RH, Arnouk H, Ferris D, Dynan WS, and Stöppler H. Large-scale analysis of protein expression changes in human keratinocytes immortalized by human papilloma virus type 16 (HPV 16) E6 and E7 oncogenes. Proteome Sci. 23; 7(1):29.

Sharma S, Tammela J, Wang X, Arnouk H, Keitz B, Driscoll D, Lele S, Kazim L and Odunsi K. Characterization of an ovarian tumor specific antigen, Elongation Factor 1 Alpha-2, isolated by panning a synthetic phage-display scFv library with cultured human ovarian cancer cells. Clin Cancer Res. 5889 13(19)

Facciponte JG, Wang XY, Macdonald IJ, Park JE, Arnouk H, Grimm MJ, Li Y,Kim ,Manjili MH, Easton DP, Subjeck JR. Heat shock proteins HSP70 and GP96: structural insights. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 20:1-8.

Manjili MH, Wang XY, MacDonald IJ, Arnouk H, Yang GY, Pritchard MT, Subjeck JR. Cancer immunotherapy and heat-shock proteins: promises and challenges. Expert Opin Biol Ther. (3): 363-73.


The University of Alabama at Birmingham Research Career Enhancement Award

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Postdoctoral Research Day Award

The Scientific Research Society Sigma Xi, State University of New York at Buffalo