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.
Melissa Murphy grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She attended the University of Cape (UCT) Town and graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology and a BSc Honours in Molecular and Cell Biology. Melissa worked for a scientific sales company as a Sales Administrator before returning to UCT and joined the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) to pursue her MSc in Clinical Science and Immunology and later upgraded to a PhD in Clinical Science and Immunology which she completed in 2022. She was supported by the National Research Foundation for her MSc and PhD.
Melissa is also passionate about youth mentorship, particularly with first-generation students pursuing studies at tertiary institutions, and was involved in running youth mentorship programmes through a partnership with UCT and IkamvaYouth. Melissa recently joined the Kløverpris research group at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) as a postdoctoral research fellow.
Read now: Melissa Murphy Interview
Professor Michael Betts earned his PhD in 1998 from the University of North Carolina in Dr Jeffrey Frelinger’s lab working on human T cell responses to HIV. He continued this work during his postdoctoral fellowship with Dr Rick Koup at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and then at the NIH Vaccine Research Center. In 2005 he started his lab at the University of Pennsylvania, where he continues to research the immune response to HIV and other viral infections in humans, most recently working on COVID-19. He maintains active collaborations in Latin America, Europe, and Africa, where he is involved in both immunology research studies and training of new investigators.
His continued contribution to the world of immunology includes contributing significantly to Immunopaedia course material. We are proud to have Professor Betts as our immunologist of the month for July 2022.
Read now: Michael Betts Interview
Our Immunologist of the Month for June 2022 is esteemed Professor Abdallah Badou. Watch the video interviews below where he talks about his career, lab and answers questions about cancers and provides advice for young immunologists. He is currently the Secretary General of the Moroccan Society of Immunology (SMI) and Secretary General of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS).
Watch now: Abdallah Badou Interview
Dr Catherine Kegakilwe Koofhethile is currently in the final stages of her Postdoctoral/Fogarty Fellowship at Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA. She also holds a Research Associate position at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, Botswana and will soon be transitioning to set up her own research group there.
Pauline Johnson is an immunologist at the University of British Columbia. Her research has focused on innate and adaptive immune mechanisms — in particular, the mobility of proteins in membranes, lymphocyte cell surface molecules, T cell signalling, leukocyte adhesion, and macrophages in lung inflammation and cancer metastases. Pauline’s interview was conducted by Immunopaedia Ambassador Yane Valdez.
Read now: Pauline Johnson Interview
This month is not the usual immunologist of the month, but an obituary of quite an incredible immunologist who passed away at the end of January 2022. Immunopaedia salutes Professor Reinhold E. Schmidt.
Read now: Reinhold Schmidt Obituary