The Immunopaedia team conducts video interviews of influential immunologists as often as possible. These leading researchers speak to us on a variety of subjects and we record them for posterity.
To prepare regional scientists for the interdisciplinary Next Generation of Immunology, the IUIS EDU Committee, in collaboration with the Latin American Association of Immunology (ALAI) and the Mexican Society of Immunology (SMI), organised a course focused on informatics tools applied to Systems Immunology, a first in Latin America,. With representatives from 8 countries, the IUIS-ALAI-SMI Immunoinformatics Course was held on April 8th-10th, 2019, at the Center of Complexity Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in Mexico City.
Virginie Rozot Interview
Virginie Rozot is a Research Officer at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative, University of Cape Town (SATVI, UCT). Virginie conducted her PhD Research at the University of Lausanne, which she completed in 2013. She then began a Post-Doctoral Research fellowship at SATVI, UCT. Her research focuses on understanding Tuberculosis-specific immune responses associated with different stages of infection and disease progression, as well as novel TB vaccine responses.
During her Post-Doc, part of her research utilised mass cytometry to understand immune kinetics associated with progression of TB disease. We were fortunate to conduct a special interview focusing on mass Cytometry and her experience using the first mass cytometer to cross the Southern Hemisphere [and is currently housed at SATVI, UCT, South Africa.
Watch now: Virginie Rozot interview
Gama Bandawe is head of the Department of Biological Sciences in the Academy of Medical Sciences at the Malawi University of Science and Technology. Gama conducted his PhD research in medical virology at the University of Cape Town.
“Dr Bandawe has extensive experience in medical virology research, laboratory management and publication having worked with several global consortia including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Centres for HIV AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI), the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (GHAVE), and the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).” ( Source: MUST Profile)
In 2018, Dr Bandawe and the department became awardees of the Instrumental Access Program of Seeding Labs (listen to our audio interview for more)
Gama was one of the faculty members at the 8th Infectious Diseases in Africa Symposium which took place in November 2018. The immunopaedia team was fortunate to interview him, discussing his journey, triumphs and challenges in creating a research lab in a relatively young university.
Watch and Litsen now: Gama Bandawe Interview
One B Dintwe Interview
One B. Dintwe is a Research Officer at the Cape Town HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Immunology Laboratory (CHIL) and Staff Scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
One conducted her PhD research with South African Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccine Initiative, where she primarily focused on understanding T cell memory phenotypes associated with TB infection. She then joined CHIL where she continued focusing of classical T cell immunology, however in the context of HIV immunology. In particular,“One is interested in understanding the role of vaccine induced memory T-cells, and which memory T cell subsets should a vaccine aim to induce for protection against HIV. Her research will involve thorough interrogation of the phenotype and transcriptional profile of vaccine induced T cells in order to better understand these T cell responses.” (Source: Fred Hutch Profile)
One was one of the faculty members at the 8th Infectious Diseases in Africa Symposium which took place in November 2018. The immunopaedia team was fortunate to interview her, discussing the current status of HIV vaccines.
Watch now: One Dintwe Interview
Simon J. Draper Interview
Simon J. Draper is Professor of Vaccinology and Translational Medicine, Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and Jenner Investigator based at the University of Oxford. Simon received the Lister Institute Research Prize Fellow in 2018, an award aimed at researchers in the early years of running their own groups .
Simon heads the Blood-Stage Malaria Group at the Jenner institute which focuses on the development of novel and improved approaches to blood-stage malaria vaccine design, as well as aiming to better understand mechanisms of vaccine-induced immunity to blood-stage malaria infection.
Simon was one of the faculty members at the 8th Infectious Diseases in Africa Symposium which took place in November 2018. The immunopaedia team was fortunate to interview him, discussing the current status of malaria vaccines.
Watch now: Simon Draper Interview
ALAI-SMI Special Interviews
The XII congress of the Latin American Association of Immunology (ALAI) and XXIII congress of the Mexican Society of Immunology (SMI) was held in May in Cancun, Mexico, under the slogan “Latin American Immunologists Fighting Disease”. The congress provided a platform for attendees, ranging from renowned senior immunologist to undergraduate and graduate students, representing diverse fields of immunology to interact and share recent discoveries.
Immunopaedia Ambassadors, Juan Carlos Balandrán and Jennifer Enciso Immunopaedia took some time during the conference to interview prominent researchers: Alberto Mantovani, Alberto Orfao, Gabriel Rabinovich and Paul Frennette who attended the ALAI-SMI conference.
Watch Now: ALAI-SMI Special Interviews