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Immunopaedia Ambassadors – Africa

Our Ambassadors from across the African continent.


Awatef JemaaWhat is your name?
Awatef Ben Jemaa

What is your current position?
Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher

Which institute and country do you work in?
Faculty of Science of Gafsa, Gafsa University, Tunisia
Postdoctoral Researcher in Unit Immunology-Microbiology Environmental and Carcinogenesis (IMEC), Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, Carthage University, Tunisia

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, Immune cell signalling, Oncoimmunology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am an Assistant Professor in the Immunology at Faculty of Science of Gafsa, Gafsa University. I have been conducting research in the field of oncoimmunology at the laboratory of Unit IMEC. I completed my PhD in 2013 which focused on the cross-talk between paracrine-acting cytokine pathways and PSMA-PSA clones in benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer (PC). Accumulating evidences indicates that a complex network exist between immune tumor microenvironment and epithelial PC cells. For this purpose, I am currently investigating circulating and intratumoral immune cell subsets and their immune response against BPH and PC.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Awatef Ben Jemaa

Immunology Keywords:
Cytokines pathways, immune cells, inflammation


What is your name?
Nada Abdel Aziz

What is your current position?
ICGEB Arturo Falaschi PhD Fellow, Faculty of Health Science, University of Cape Town. I am also Teaching Assistant at Biotechnology/Biomolecular Chemistry Program, Faculty of Science, Cairo University.

Which institute and country do you work in?
ICGEB, University of Cape Town, South Africa

What is your home country?
Egypt

What are your research interests?
Immunology, Biotechnology, and Infectious Diseases

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My Main research area is Immuno-Biotechnology; understanding the mechanism(s), the signalling pathway(s), and the cell kinetics of the immune system that underlie the immune regulation and protection against infectious diseases especially Neglected Tropical Diseases that blight the lives of a billion people worldwide and threaten the health of millions more.

I do like everything about scientific research; doing experiments, being in the lab, excitement, passion, and enthusiasm to get new results and find new discoveries. Every day there is new findings/discoveries and tools that open the doors for more research and more discoveries to be done.

I do hope that my future contributions to the field would have a positive impact on people’s life. Indeed my favourite quote is “Always remember that you are doing research neither for recognition, acknowledgements nor rewards but to be, may be one day, a reason for relieving patient’s pain”.

What are your online profiles?
Research Gate: Nada Abdel Aziz

Immunology Keywords:
Lymphocytes, Cytokines, and signalling pathways


Yosra BouraouiWhat is your name?
Yosra Bouraoui

What is your current position?
Assistant Professor

Which institute and country do you work in?
Unit Immuno-Microbio Environmental and Carcinogenesis (IMEC), Faculty of Sciences Bizerte Carthage University, Tunisia
High Institute of Biotechnology Beja, Jendouba University, Tunisia

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
Immune and Inflammatory signalling pathways, tumor microenvironment

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My PhD studies focused on pro-inflammatory signalling pathways mediated by cytokines in human prostate pathologies. We analysed the immune profile of prostate epithelial cells by cytokine expression (IL6, IL1, TNF) and its signalling pathways (MAP Kinasees, NFkB, AKT). Since 2012, I have occupied the position of Assistant Professor of Immunology at the High Institute of Biotechnology Beja, Jendouba University.

To have a best interpretation and resolution of the several signalling pathways studies and their significant role in prostate epithelial cells, I completed training in bioinformatics focused on the study of signalling pathway simulation by Petri net at the Department of Bioinformatic of Institute of Mathematics at Goethe University in Frankfurt. Currently, my research is focused on chronic inflammation and tumor microenvironment at the laboratory of Unit IMEC, where we try to identify the relationship between stoma and prostate epithelial cells in chronic inflammation and cancer.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Yosra Bouraoui

Immunology Keywords:
Chronic Inflammation, cytokines, signalling pathways


What is your name?
Nadia Chanzu-Ikumi

What is your current position ?
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Which institute and country do you work in ?
IIDMM (Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine), University of Cape Town, South Africa

What is your home country ?
Kenya

What are your research interests ?
Pregnancy Immunology, Translational Research, Medical and Science Journalism

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. I loved every aspect of my childhood but as I grew up the impact of HIV in our community became more apparent. This drove my passion to study science; I pursued by BSc. Biochemistry (Hons.) at the University of Nairobi, Kenya; MSc. Biomedical Science, Kingston University, London, UK and PhD. Tropical and Infectious Diseases, University of Nairobi, Kenya. During my PhD I was awarded a grant from the Global Health Research Initiative, Canada and appointed, a fellow of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, International Infectious Disease and Global Health Training Program (CIHR, IID & GHTP), a prestigious programme involving infectious disease research fellows from Canada, Colombia, India and Kenya.
I have always been fascinated by pregnancy immunology and I was very excited to be the first African to win the AXA Research Fellowship. This award has allowed me to pursue my postdoctoral research at the University of Cape Town from July 2016 -date. My research entails the characterization of immune cells in human placentas from HIV infected and uninfected mothers. Each placenta has a new story to tell and always gives us a sneak peek of life inside the womb.

What are your online profiles ?
LinkedIn – Nadia Chanzu Ikumi

Immunology Keywords:
Placenta, Tregs, HIV


Dana SavulescuWhat is your name?
Dana Manuela Savulescu

What is your current position?
Research Scientist

Which institute and country do you work in?
National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) – Centre for Vaccines and Immunology (CVI), Johannesburg, South Africa

What is your home country?
Israel

What are your research interests?
Reproductive Immunology, Immune tolerance in pregnancy, HLA antibodies

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My PhD studies focused on molecular and cellular biology of the reproductive axis. Upon completion of
my studies, I decided to study immunological aspects of my research, namely, the role of the immune
system in female reproductive biology.

My main research interest is the immune tolerance developed by mother to the foetus in healthy
pregnancy, as well as the mechanisms underlying deficiencies in this tolerance, which potentially occur in
infertility and pregnancy-related complications such as pre-eclampsia and premature birth. Since joining CVI, I have been studying various aspects of the immune tolerance in pregnancy, including the prevalence and specificity of antibodies against Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA antibodies) in pregnant women and new-born babies, and the molecular mechanisms involved in the role of endometrial macrophages in immune tolerance. Additionally, I have been involved in projects exploring other aspects of the immune system, including the role of HLA antibodies in protection against acquisition of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, the potency of the indoleamine 2,3- dioxygenase (IDO) enzymatic activity as a biomarker for diagnosis and monitoring of tuberculosis disease, and the design of a novel biochemical and flow cytometry-based technique for detection of specific T lymphocytes in diagnosis of human disease.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Dana Manuela Savulescu
ResearchGate – Dana Savulescu

Immunology Keywords:
Tolerance, Pregnancy, HLA antibodies


Nyariki NyabugaWhat is your name?
Nyariki James Nyabuga

What is your current position?
Lecturer and PhD student

Which institute and country do you work in?
The Technical University of Kenya

What is your home country?
Kenya

What are your research interests?
Oxidative stress during Experimental cerebral malaria,  Immunomodulatory mechanisms by antioxidants, Role of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) in experimental cerebral malaria (ECM)

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My research work focuses on the use of antioxidants approaches to elucidate their putative role in immune-modulatory interplay together with oxidative stress, antioxidant capacity and underlying molecular mechanisms during experimental cerebral malaria in a murine model. The mechanisms that  leads to pathogenesis of cerebral malaria remains elusive and has created a huge gap in understanding the events that culminate to the breakdown of the blood brain barrier that ultimately paves way for infiltration of immune cells and other modulators to the brain. My research interests are related to characterization and determination of functional role of innate lymphoid cells and immune response manipulation through administration of antioxidants. To this end I am devoted to the development of anti-oxidant formulations that can be used in combination with other anti-malaria drugs that can improve treatment outcome. Additionally, I hope to generate information that will lend critical, novel and comprehensive insight on the molecular and immunological processes involved in the pathogenesis or induction of severe pathology and neurological dysfunction in cerebral malaria.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Nyariki James
LinkedIn – Nyariki Nyabuga

Immunology Keywords:
Innate lymphoid cells, anti-oxidant therapy, oxidative stress and inflammation


Yasamine El AhmadiWhat is your name?
Yasamine  El Ahmadi 

What is your current position?
PhD student

Which institute and country do you work in?
At IRMB (Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Biotherapy) in Montpellier France 

What is your home country?
Morocco

What are your research interests?
Autoimmune disease & dysregulation of the immune response

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
After a master degree obtained in 2017 at the University of Montpellier in the Immunology and microbiology class, I joined the IRMB as PhD student in Pascale Louis-Plence’s group in October.  The group focuses on immune regulatory mechanisms to restore tolerance in autoimmune diseases.

My PhD project is focused on the study of the phenotypic and functional heterogeneity of different sub-populations of regulatory T cells in an inflammation environment and particularly in the synovial fluid of rheumatoid arthritis patients. The aim of the project is to better characterize the various subpopulations based on 18-colour flow cytometry to define the transcriptional profile of the various subsets using single cell-RTqPC and finally to investigate their functional suppressive properties in inflammatory settings. My thesis project is focused on the regulation of the immune response, this topic is particularly important for the orientation of my professional project. After my PhD, and a post-doctoral training, I plan to return to my home country and work in the immunology research field.

What are your online profiles?
Twitter – @Eyasamine

Immunology Keywords:
Regulatory T cells, Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation.


Abdouramane CamaraWhat is your name?
Abdouramane Camara

What is your current position?
PhD student in Immunology

Which institute and country do you work in?
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC), Strasbourg-France

What is your home country?
Mali

What are your research interests?
Immunology, Molecular biology, Infectious diseases

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I have been studying biology in France since 2011. I am currently doing my PhD in immunology, essentially fundamentals on the regulation of lymph node macrophages in health and disease, in the context of their interactions with stromal cells. I am particularly interested in immune responses to infectious diseases, in genetic tools allowing targeted deletion of microorganism (bacteria, parasites) genes and analyzing the impact on their biology and on the immune system of mammals. Vaccine development approaches.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Abdouramane M Camara

Immunology Keywords:
Immunization, memory, protection


Sanaa Sabour AlaouiWhat is your name?
Sanaa Sabour Alaoui

What is your current position?
Assistant Professor of Immunology

Which institute and country do you work in?
Laboratory of Biotechnology and Development of Natural Resources, University Sultan Moulay Slimane, Polydisciplinary Faculty of  Béni Mellal, Morocco.

What is your home country?
Morocco

What are your research interests?
Immunology, Oncology, Phytotherapy

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My PhD studies were carried out at the Chouaib Doukkakli University of Science, jointly with the PARIS 7 University and the “Skin Research Center “, Saint Louis Hospital, Paris, France. The aim of this research was to study the role of TNF superfamily ligands (TWEAK, APRIL, BAFF) in inflammatory diseases, mainly cancers. Currently, I am a professor at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Beni Mellal, a member of the laboratory of biotechology and development of natural resources. My research project is based primarily on the understanding of mechanisms related to allergy and inflammatory diseases. The second part of our research is to study the biological effect of certain plants in the region.

What are your online profiles?
Linkedin – Sabour Alaoui Sanaa

Immunology Keywords:
Inflammation, Allergy, Cancer


Ian OyaroWhat is your name?
Ian Oyaro

What is your current position?
PhD fellow registered at the Open university, UK

Which institute and country do you work in?
KEMRI Wellcome Trust, Kenya

What is your home country?
Kenya

What are your research interests?
HIV immunology, Vaccine candidates development

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a veterinary surgeon with a Masters in Microbiology. I have previously worked on sequencing and proteomic based techniques in a quest to improve the diagnosis of acute non-traumatic coma at the Kenyan coast. Additionally, I have been involved in protocol optimization studies for disease proteomics.

I am currently interested in evaluating the role of early HIV-specific T and B cell interactions in determining downstream neutralizing and non-neutralizing antibody function in chronic HIV. The determination of early immunological correlates that influence the development of broadly neutralizing and non-neutralizing antibodies in HIV may offer coherent approaches and elucidate pathways towards an effective HIV vaccine.

What are your online profiles?
Linkedin – Ian Oyaro
Researchgate –  Ian Oyaro

Immunology Keywords:
HIV infection, Cellular and humoral immunity, vaccines


Mouna Ben AzaizWhat is your name?
Mouna Ben Azaiz

What is your current position?
Assistant Professor of Immunology

Which institute and country do you work in?
University of Tunis El Manar, Faculty of Medicine Tunis, Tunisia (working in Military Hospital of Tunis)

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
Inflammation, Sepsis, Bioethics

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
Hannibal is a Tunisian like me. He never gave up, like me! “I will either find a way or make one”.

I was a surgeon for one year where I discovered that immunology is everywhere, also in surgery. I convinced a surgeon to study inflammatory cytokines during cardiac surgery. This lead me to becoming an Immunologist who is also interested in bioethics and academic ethics.

I have an academic diploma of Immuno-allergology from the University of Tunis El Manar, Faculty of Medicine Tunis, Tunisia, theme: “sepsis and atopy”. I am a PhD student in Immunology at the Carthage University Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte with my thesis theme being “Dynamic of inflammation in sepsis”. This is the first thesis about immunosuppression during this pathology in Tunisia. I am also a member of the Military  Committee of Methodology and Medical writing, where I plan to promote Immunopaedia.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Mouna Ben Azaiz

Immunology Keywords: army, amazing, adventure


Christopher KintuWhat is your name?
Christopher Kintu

What is your current position?
Graduate student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute, Uganda

What is your home country?
Uganda

What are your research interests?
B cell Immunology, Cancer genetics and NCDs

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a Registered Medical Laboratory professional with Allied Health Professionals’ Council of Uganda. I have amassed 5 years of work and education experience in the immunology field; both in infectious diseases like HIV and TB and Non Communicable Diseases like Cancer and Diabetes, in both public health laboratory programs and technology intense research laboratories. I have risen through the most junior of positions to my current research assistant at MRC-UVRI Uganda research Unit on AIDS. I have skills and experience in implementation of Health projects as well as National Health programs aimed at improvising case detection, reporting and ultimately treatment and care, as well as managing large research projects.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn- Kintu Christopher

Immunology Keywords: Immunogenetics, B cell gene rearrangement and Cell Adhesion Molecules


Vicky GentWhat is your name?
Vicky Gent

What is your current position?
Graduate Assistant

Which institute and country do you work in?
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

What is your home country?
Kenya

What are your research interests?
Immunomodulators, Vaccine development, Neuroimmunology.

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I did my undergraduate studies in Biomedical Sciences at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, I also pursued a Masters’ in Immunology. My research project focused on the effects Schistoma mansoni infection has on the immunogenicity of the Human papilomavirus using a baboon model, this was done at the Institute of Primate research in Nairobi, Kenya.

Currently I am a graduate assistant at the Department of Zoology at Jomo Kenyatta University, assisting with the undergraduate immunology and biostatistics courses.

I am very interested in learning about potential immunomodulators that may improve global health issues. My overall hope is to be involved in projects that tackle the world’s health issues as well as continue studying immunology to PhD level.

What are your online profiles?

LinkedIn – Vicky Gent
ResearchGate – Vicky Gent

Immunology Keywords: Helminth infection, immunogenicity, vaccines


Ayoub LahmadiWhat is your name?
Ayoub Lahmadi

What is your current position?
PhD student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Faculty of sciences and techniques-Mohammedia, University Hassan 2 Casablanca, Morocco

What is your home country?
Morocco

What are your research interests?
Immunoproteomic and cancer

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I work in the biochemistry, environment and agri-food laboratory and the Immunoproteomic and cancer research team in the Faculty of Sciences and techniques of Mohammedia-Morocco. My research focuses are the involvement of proteasome in cancerous diseases especially multiple myeloma and melanoma. I’m mostly interested in understanding and researching the impact of the proteasome in tumor development, establishing the link between proteasome levels and cancer stages and to develop natural proteasome inhibitors as novel approaches in cancer therapy.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Ayoub Lahmadi

Immunology Keywords: Immunoproteasome, melanoma and  INF-ɤ


Thandeka MoyoWhat is your name?
Thandeka Moyo

What is your current position?
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Which institute and country do you work in?
National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa

What is your home country?
Zimbabwe

What are your research interests?
HIV immunology, HIV vaccines, broadly neutralizing antibody responses

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I studied towards a PhD in Clinical Science and Immunology at the University of Cape Town where I looked at the mechanisms used by various HIV strains to gain resistance to broadly neutralizing antibody responses. Broadly neutralizing antibodies are able to prevent the entry of HIV into cells and therefore HIV vaccine research heavily focuses on these antibodies. However, some strains become resistant to these antibodies and this may potentially lower the efficacy of an antibody-based vaccine. I was able to decipher the mechanism behind the resistance of an unusually neutralization-resistant virus from Cameroon and crystallized its Envelope structure. I also determined the role of key glycans in resistance to antibodies. For my postdoctoral fellowship, I will further delve into how neutralizing antibodies bind to their epitopes; focusing on structural biology approaches.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Thandeka Moyo
ResearchGate – Thandeka Moyo

Immunology Keywords: HIV, vaccines, antibodies


What is your name?
Kenneth Omollo

What is your current position?
PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Nairobi, Kenya

What is your home country?
Kenya

What are your research interests?
HIV Susceptibility, Mucosal Immunology, Cellular Biology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a PhD student in Dr. Keith Fowke’s laboratory at the University of Nairobi/Manitoba Collaborative Program. My current research project is investigating the impact of hormonal contraceptives on HIV susceptibility and mucosal immunity at the genital tract of female sex workers. Away from the lab, I love hiking and cooking.

What are your online profiles?

Researchgate- Kenneth Omollo
LinkedIn – Kenneth Omollo

Immunology Keywords: HIV, Mucosal Immunology, Inflammation


Endalew_ShiaWhat is your name?
Endalew Yizengaw

What is your current position?
Lecturer and Scientist

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

What is your home country?
Ethiopia

What are your research interests?
Immunology , Leishmaniasis, Innate immune cells

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I did my undergraduate studies at the Hawassa University in Medical Laboratory Science. My BSc research project was on the magnitude of smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis among patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Arsinegele Town, South-west Ethiopia. I have worked as a Program Officer for women and youth health at the West Armachiho District Health Office for two years.

I continued my professional career with an MSc in immunology at the University of Gondar; the only University in Ethiopia offering an MSc in Immunology program. The laboratory research project of my MSc  in Immunology focused on neutrophil effector functions in treatment naïve and treated patients with visceral leishmaniasis in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Pascale Kropf and Dr. Ingrid Müller, senior immunologists from Imperial College, London.

Currently I am working at Bahir Dar University as a lecturer.  I am teaching Immunology courses for Medical students and Medical Laboratory students in the undergraduate program; as well as Microbiology and Parasitology to MSc students in the post graduate program of the Bahir Dar University.

My research interest is focused on understanding immune responses of patients with visceral leishmaniasis and other infectious diseases and of the impact of treatment on these responses.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Endalew Yizengaw

Immunology Keywords: Neutrophils, leishmaniasis, flow cytometry


Daniel_Amoako-SakyiWhat is your name?
Daniel Amoako-Sakyi

What is your current position?
Snr Lecturer and Problem-based learning (PBL) Coordinator

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medical Sciences, College of Health and Allied Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

What is your home country?
Ghana

What are your research interests?
Malaria immunogenomics, Epigenetic regulation of the immune system in health and disease

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
A key driving force of my career is the mindset that research should be problem-driven rather than method-driven; trans-disciplinary rather than subject delimited. Thus, my PhD research draws on immunogenetics, epigenetics, and public health to study malaria pathogenesis. Earlier, my MSc studies had explored the role of some cytokine gene polymorphisms in malaria pathogenesis with the support of a WHO/TDR/MIM grant, MIMPAC guest scholar fellowship, and Ghana government bursaries.

I joined the faculty at the Microbiology and Immunology Department, School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast after my MSc. As a faculty member, I combine teaching, research and student supervision. I also coordinate the Problem-Based Learning (PBL), and thus, at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning in Africa. I build and maintain networks through conferences and fellowships. The Malaria Vaccine Advocacy Fellowship (MVAF) and Poverty-Related Diseases College fellowship are among my most memorable.

In pursuant of problem-driven and trans-disciplinary research, I collaborate with researchers from varied backgrounds. I recently collaborated with anthropologists from Oxford and Durham University on a Wellcome Trust project. I continually hone my expertise in immunogenomics and epigenomics, collaborate in consortia and local teams, and remain relevant to global health challenges, especially malaria.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Daniel Amoako Sakyi
LinkedIn – Daniel Amoako Sakyi

Immunology Keywords: Malaria, immunogenomics, epigenetics


Dorra Elhaj MahmoudWhat is your name?
Dorra Elhaj Mahmoud

What is your current position?
PhD student,  Immuno-Rheumatology Research laboratory, Rheumatology Department.

Which institute and country do you work in?
La Rabta Hospital, University of Tunis-El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia.

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
WNT pathway, rheumatoid arthritis, synoviocytes

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
Our laboratory explores the biological aspects of joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the Tunisian population. As part of a cooperation with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology at the University Hospital of la Rabta, we are studying the synovial function in both rheumatic and osteoarthritic patients. Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) cultures are used to establish cDNA libraries of genes which are induced by various stimuli, including signaling via WNT proteins. The involvement of WNT5a signaling in human FLS transformation during RA represents the major focus of our current research. Our team works on metalloproteinase and cytokine gene regulation in synoviocytes  by WNT5a signaling as well as well as investigating novel target genes in order to develop new therapy approaches for RA.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Dorra Haj Mahmoud

Immunology Keywords: innate immunity, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmunity


Afef RaiesWhat is your name?
Afef Rais

What is your current position?
Resident in Clinical Biology and Immunology

Which institute and country do you work in?
Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
Primary Immunodeficiencies, Auto-immune Nephropathies

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I graduated from the Medical Faculty Of Tunis in July 2014. I am pursuing my Residency in clinical Biology and Immunology. I completed one year of training at the Immunology Department of Institut Pasteur de Tunis, where I got involved in primary immunodeficiencies exploration and diagnose and underwent a research work over severe combined immunodeficiencies associated to autoimmune manifestations. In June 2015, I graduated in the course “Clinical Management of HIV” at the Global Health E-Learning Department, University of Washington. From July 2015 to December 2016, I undertook clinical and research traineeships at hospitals in Tunis, that made me take a look in depth to fundamental immunology and widen my understanding of the immune system implication in pathology. As part of my medical training I had the opportunity to work in the diagnose of autoimmune diseases and I am taking part in research work over autoimmune nephropathies.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Afef Rais

Immunology Keywords: Autoimmunity, Primary immunodeficiencies


Sawsan FekiWhat is your name?
Sawsan Feki

What is your current position?
Associate Professor, Immunology, PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Laboratory of immunology, Habib Bourguiba UH of Sfax, Tunisia

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
Inflammatory disorders of central nervous system (especially multiple sclerosis), Allergy, Inflammatory bowel disease and colo-rectal cancer

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a Clinical Immunologist (MD) from Tunisia working as Associate Professor in the Immunology Department of Habib Bourguiba University Hospital and the faculty of medicine of Sfax. In our Laboratory, we are specialized in Autoimmunity, Allergy, Monoclonal Gammopathy and Cancer biological diagnosis.

I am also PhD student in the same Laboratory. Since I am very interested in inflammatory disorders of central nervous system, my scientific thesis project is focusing on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis and markers, especially cytokines profiling. Indeed, we are the first laboratory in Tunisia performing biological diagnosis of MS since 2014. As a medical doctor, my first aim is to improve the investigation for clinical diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of this disabling disease. Inflammatory Bowel disease is another autoimmune disorder in which I am interested (genetic and proteomic research studies). Furthermore, I have the expertise in immuno-allergology, I am performing molecular allergology diagnosis and functional allergology test (Flow Cytometric Basophil Activation Test) for specialized investigation of patients with type 1 hypersensitivity.

In October 2014, I was elected as a member of the executive office of “The Tunisian Society of Immunology (TSI)”. I have been actively involved in the organization of courses (North African Course in Immunology 2016) and conferences in Immunology for Tunisian (Conference of the Tunisian Society of Immunology ) and African students (FAIS conference 2017).

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn– Sawsan Feki
Society Tunisian Immunology – STI

Immunology Keywords: Autoimmunity, Allergy, Cancer


Magaret_AdeotiWhat is your name?
Margaret Oluwatoyin Japhet

What is your current position?
Lecturer

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state

What is your home country?
Nigeria

What are your research interests?
Virology, immunology and Molecular Epidemiology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I received my B.Sc degree in Microbiology and M.Sc Virology degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I received my Ph.D in Microbiology (Virology Option) from Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, backed up with a testimonial from Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany, where the molecular aspect of the work was carried out. I am currently a Lecturer at the Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. My area of Research interest is on Immunology and Molecular aspect of viral infections.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Margaret Japhet
LinkedIn – Margaret Japhet
Academic.edu – Margaret Japhet


Naffesa_AlloubWhat is your name?
Naffesa Abdul Munim Al Sheikh Alloub

What is your current position?
Researcher/Lab specialist

Which institute and country do you work in?
University of Khartoum, Institute of Endemic Diseases, Khartoum, Sudan

What is your home country?
Sudan

What are your research interests?
Leishmaniasis, Autoimmunity, HIV

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My name is Naffesa A. Munim Al sheikh. I studied Medical Lab sciences/Histopathology and Cytology major/Faculty of Medical Lab sciences /University of Khartoum. My research in fulfillment of my honors degree: “Pattern of Lupus Nephritis in the Military Hospital: A histological and Immunofluorescense study”

I did my Msc in Immunology at the Institute of Endemic Diseases/University of Khartoum by research. My Msc research title: “Role of Treg cells in Pathogensesis of Post kala azar dermal Leishmaniasis”

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Nana Al Sheikh

Immunology Keywords: PKDL, Lupus Nephritis, T regulatory cells


Anthony Afum AwuahWhat is your name?
Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah

What is your current position?
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Which institute and country do you work in?
Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR), Kumasi, Ghana

What is your home country?
Ghana

What are your research interests?
Immune responses and modulation to TB, Vaccinology and vaccine trials, Clinical trials

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am currently a Postdoctoral research fellow in the EOD working group at KCCR in Kumasi Ghana under the mentorship of Prof Ellis Owusu-Dabo. I recently completed a WHO/TDR clinical research and development fellowship at GSK Vaccines s.r.l in vaccinology and clinical trials.  My main research focuses on Tuberculosis Immunology with particular interest in vaccine immunology. My group studies immune responses, immune polarization and immunomodulation during TB (pediatric and adult), MDR-TB and its coinfection with HIV with special emphasis on application to immunodiagnostics and vaccine candidature.  I am also involved in studies in type2 diabetes, Schistosomiasis and other diseases that falls within the focus of EOD research group at KCCR. I hold a PhD in Immunology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where I previously read Biochemistry as an undergraduate student. I am currently a board member of the convention for Biomedical Research, Ghana.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Anthony Afum-Adjei Awuah

Immunology Keywords: T-cells, micro-RNAs, vaccines


Sonia_AmriWhat is your name?
Sonia Amri

What is your current position?
PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Laboratory of Genetics, Immunology and Human Pathologies, Faculty of Sciences Tunis

What is your home country?
Tunisia

What are your research interests?
The Impact of leptin in the autoimmune response.

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I work in the Laboratory of Genetics, Immunology and Human Pathologies in the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. My research focuses are the connections between obesity Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I’m mostly interested in understanding and researching the impact of the leptin, adipokine highly produced by the adipose tissue of obese subjects, in the dysfunction of immune cells such as monocytes and regulatory T cells in the physiopathology of autoimmune diseases.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Sonia Amri

Immunology Keywords: autoimmunity, leptin, monocytes


Mahaman_Moustapha_LamineWhat is your name?
Mahaman Moustaha Lamine

What is your current position?
PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar, Senegal

What is your home country?
Niger

What are your research interests?
Malaria Research, Molecular parasitology, Epidemiology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am 2nd Year PhD Student at University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar (Senegal). I am a motivated Immunologist and Biologist, with internship experience at the center of medical and health research of Niger (CERMES), interested in working anti-malaria immunity and malaria drugs resistance.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Mahaman Moustapha Lamine

Immunology Keywords: Malaria immunity, Allergology


ruth_nyakundiWhat is your name?
Ruth Nyakundi

What is your current position?
Research Scientist

Which institute and country do you work in?
Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

What is your home country?
Kenya

What are your research interests?
Immunobiology of helminths and malaria, diagnostics, vaccines

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am pursuing a PhD at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Experimental Medicine. My research focus is on malaria, schistosomiasis, filariasis and soil transmitted helminths.  I have extensive experience working with rodents and non-human primates to study host-parasite interactions, evaluation and development of new diagnostics tools and testing the efficacy, toxicity and immunogenicity of schistosomiasis and malaria vaccines candidates.

Over the years, our labs have validated the baboon as an excellent model to study schistosomiasis and malaria infections since they closely mimic human diseases. Riding on this platform, current projects include i) studying the effect of chronic schistosomiasis on malaria outcome with the aim of defining the clinical, immunological and pathological outcomes associated with co-infections and how this influences disease transmission patterns and acquired immunity to malaria infection and ii)  the role of macrophages in schistosoma infection & chemotherapy.  We are also engaged in human studies looking at the effect of maternal prenatal infections on foetal immune priming and how it impacts on the child’s ability to respond to vaccination and infection later in life.

I am open to discussing collaborative and future opportunities in advancing immunology in both human and animal models.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Ruth Nyakundi
LinkedIn – Ruth Nyakundi

Immunology Keywords: Immune regulation, Tolerance, immunodiagnosis


Emmanuel ObishakinWhat is your name?
Emmanuel Tumininu Obishakin

What is your current position?
Chief Veterinary Research Officer

Which institute and country do you work in?
National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau State,  Nigeria

What is your home country?
Nigeria

What are your research interests?
Immunology, Molecular diagnosis, Vaccinology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a Nigerian Veterinarian and research scientist with MSc. training in molecular biology from the Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium and PhD training in cellular and molecular immunology from Vrije University Brussel, Belgium. My trainings involved experiences with immunology and molecular biology of infectious diseases.

My work on the molecular immunology of protozoan parasites prepared me to contribute majorly to research on innate and adaptive immunity of protozoan parasites. I studied the impact of parasitic diseases on the host’s immune response with a focus on the B-cell populations and their antibody production.

In addition, I worked extensively on the molecular epidemiology of very important infectious diseases and I have carried out both qualitative and quantitative PCR and sequencing of Nigerian isolates.

I have co-supervised several masters theses both in Europe and in Nigeria and a PhD work in Nigeria.

My interest and current focus is the molecular diagnosis, immunology and vaccinology of infectious diseases. I am also interested in generating recombinant single domain antibodies (Nanobodies) to target infectious agents either serving as diagnostic or neutralizing antibodies.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Emmanuel Obishakin
NCBI – Obishakin

Immunology Keywords: B-cells, Single domain antibody, Vaccinology


 
 
 
 
 
 
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