Immunologist of the Month

Every month we will feature a new interview with an Immunologist. These Immunologists are at the cutting-edge of research and education, they have kindly offered to give us their time and insight into their research and studies.

March 2017

Michelle Letarte

Michelle LetarteMichelle Letarte is Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She studied towards a BSc at l’Université Laval and PhD at the University of Ottawa. Michelle took up a post-doctoral fellowship in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Oxford working with Nobel Laureate Professor Rodney Porter. She set up her first laboratory in 1975 at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto and subsequently led a laboratory at the Hospital for Sick Children. Michelle is passionate about educating and mentoring immunology students which she does through her role in the International Union of Immunological Societies Education Committee.

Michelle took time to talk the Immunopaedia team about her research on the role of endoglin (CD105) in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia type 1 disorder.

Read More – Michelle Letarte Interview

February 2017

Jean-Philippe Julien

Jean-Philippe Julien

Jean-Philippe Julien is a Canadian early-career investigator who focuses on the molecular structure and function of glycoproteins. Jean-Philippe studied towards a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at McGill University and went on to pursue his PhD studies in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. He undertook a Postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute, USA, where he was the first person to solve the high resolution crystal structure of a modified HIV Envelope trimer. Jean-Philippe is now a researcher and Assistant Professor at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto.

Jean-Philippe took time out speak to the Immunopaedia team about his structural research on B cells receptors and how this work has impacted the knowledge of immune system function and its application in disease models such as cancer.

Listen here – Jean-Philippe Julien Interview

January 2017

 Faith Osier

Faith OsierFaith Osier is a talented researcher in the field of Malaria Immunology. She got her MBChB degree from the University of Nairobi and completed her internship at Coast General Provincial Hospital. Faith then took up a position as a Medical/Research Officer at KEMRI-Kilifi. This is where her research career began. She went on to graduate with distinction in Human Immunity at the University of Liverpool and obtained her PhD from the Open University, UK. Faith now runs labs at both KEMRI-Kilifi, Kenya and Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany. Faith has recently been appointed the Vice-President of the International Union of Immunological Societies.

Faith took time out to speak to us about immunity to malaria and the challenges of making an effective preventative vaccine against the disease.

Read More – Faith Osier Interview

December 2016

Adam Penn-Nicholson

Adam Penn-Nicholson

Adam is a research officer at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative based in Cape Town, South Africa.

We recently caught up with Adam to discuss new advances in TB diagnostics and to learn about his research into predicting TB disease before the onset of symptoms.

Read more – Adam Penn-Nicholson Interview

November 2016

Penny Moore

Penny Moore

Penny Moore is a researcher affiliated with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the University of Witswatersrand and CAPRISA, in South Africa. Her research focus is on the study of HIV neutralizing antibodies and their interplay with the virus.

We recently chatted with Penny about HIV antibody research and its importance in the development of an effective HIV vaccine.

Read more – Penny Moore Interview


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