Naffesa is a researcher at the University of Khartoum, Sudan and is our Immunopaedia Ambassador for October. Nafessa recently presented an oral presentation on Immunopaedia at her university. She is an enthusiastic part of our Ambassador team and we are are happy to have her representing the website!
Name: Naffesa A. Munim Al sheikh
Research Institute: Institute of Endemic Diseases/University of Khartoum/Sudan
Research interests: Autoimmunity, Leishmaniasis, HIV, Lupus Nephritis
Why I love immunology: Because I believe that immunology has changed the face of modern medicine, starting from vaccination in its modern form (an innovation that has likely saved more lives than any other medical advance), to the many scientific breakthroughs that would lead to safe organ transplantation, the identification of blood groups, and the now ubiquitous use of monoclonal antibodies throughout science and healthcare.Immunology facilitated the discovery of new diagnostics and treatments to manage a wide array of diseases. In addition to the above, immunological research has provided critically important research techniques and tools, such as flow cytometry and antibody technology.
If I wasn’t an immunologist I would be: Cinderella?? haha kidding.. A cosmologist.
Tips for young people who want to enter the field of immunology: Immunology is a multidisciplinary science that will change the future of medicine!I studied Histopathology and Cytology and suddenly I have found myself solving many research questions by doing Immunology ha ha! I guess what I’m trying to say that Immunology is the key to open the door to a new era in medicine.so please don’t hesitate and go for it!
What being an Immunopaedia Ambassador means to me: Immunopaedia is a great resource that I believe it is going to open a new opportunity for Immunologists to connect from all over the world and to me, being an Ambassador is a responsibility to spread the word and allow all scientists to benefit from such amazing initative and I’m extremely grateful that I’m a part of it.
How I have contributed to Immunopaedia so far: I’ve created a mini event in my institute and gave a lecture about Immunopaedia and introduced to young scientists and pioneers of the field. I have also introduced Immunopaedia to Eritrea. I have made an interview with two professors to be posted on “Immunologist of the month” soon. I’m also going to add Immunopaedia to our institute official website.
You can get in touch with me by: LinkedIn – Nana Al Sheikh
Our September Ambassador of the month is Jennifer Enciso García, a PhD student at the University of Mexico. Jennifer has contributed to Immunopaedia by writing a very interesting Breaking News article and also by locating others who can contribute to the website. She continues to fly the Immunopaedia flag high in her host institution and we are happy to have her on the team!
Name: Jennifer Enciso García
Position: PhD candidate
Research Institute: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico
Research interests: Systems Immunology, Acute lymphoblastc leukemia, Tumor microenvironment
Select publications :
Enciso, J., Mayani, H., Mendoza, L., & Pelayo, R. (2016). Modeling the pro-inflammatory tumor microenvironment in acute lymphoblastic leukemia predicts a breakdown of hematopoietic-mesenchymal communication networks. Frontiers in Physiology, 7.
Enciso, J., Mendoza, L., & Pelayo, R. (2015). Normal vs. Malignant hematopoiesis: the complexity of acute leukemia through systems biology. Frontiers in Genetics, 6, 290.
Why I love immunology: I actually love the merging of immunology with other disciplines to understand complex diseases. I believe we can’t really understand the etiology and evolution of diseases without looking at the big picture and, specifically immunology, is an area that has rapidly evolved not only to explain mechanisms involved in pathology but also to offer innovative therapies.
If I wasn’t an immunologist I would be: A science fiction writer, anyhow science is my inspiration resource.
Tips for young people who want to enter the field of immunology: Do not get frightened! I think getting into a so rapidly-updating science can be very frightening, however it is also an area where you will never stop learning and growing. Even if your interest are not completely immunological, keeping up to date is a resource of new technologies, therapies and mechanisms appliable to almost any field.
What being an Immunopaedia Ambassador means to me: Being part of Immunopaedia has been a great opportunity for getting involved with people all around the world that is interested in collaborating on the development and spread of educational tools.
How I have contributed to Immunopaedia so far: I have promoted it among my institute companions and writing a “Breaking News” article about cerebral caveronous malformations and microbiome.
Sergey Yegorov, PhD student at the University of Toronto, Canada, is our Immunopaedia Ambassador for August. Sergey recently presented a poster on Immunopaedia at the University of Toronto Immunology Retreat. He also developed our Immunopaedia Wikipedia page. We are proud to have such dynamic and enthusiastic Ambassadors on our team.
Name: Sergey Yegorov
Position: PhD candidate
Research Institute: University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Toronto, Canada
Research interests: Immunology and epidemiology of schistosomiasis, HIV and malaria. In addition I have a broad interest in molecular biology and evolution, which stems from my Master of Science degree research.
Yegorov, S. et al. 2016: Low prevalence of laboratory-confirmed malaria in clinically diagnosed adult women from the Wakiso district of Uganda. Malaria Journal.
Yegorov, S. et al. 2014: The relaxin family peptide receptors and their ligands: New developments and paradigms in the evolution from jawless fish to mammals. General and Comparative Endocrinology.
Yegorov, S and Good, S.V. 2012: Using Paleogenomics to Study the Evolution of Gene Families: Origin and Duplication History of the Relaxin Family Hormones and Their Receptors. Plos One.
Why I like immunology and, in particular, human immunology: I believe that immunology can provide very practical solutions to unresolved problems in modern medicine. My motivation to conduct PhD studies in human immunology and, specifically, in the field of infectious disease immunity is driven by my broad interest in epidemiological and immunological interactions between infectious diseases. I hope that my research will help generate effective strategies to combat morbidity in regions with high disease burden.
If I wasn’t an immunologist I would be… I just can’t imagine this 🙂
Tips for young people who want to enter the field of immunology: Immunology is a field of rapidly changing paradigms. Keep up to date with primary research articles and read immunology text books with caution as text book material tends to lag behind the rapidly evolving knowledge of immunological systems!
What being an Immunopaedia (IP) Ambassador means to me: IP is an amazing resource of freely accessible state of the art immunological knowledge. What is equally important for me is that IP is also a communication platform that allows immunologists from all over the world easily connect with each other. As an IP ambassador, I am grateful for the opportunity given to me to participate in the development of this wonderful initiative and to contribute to global education and community building!
How I have contributed to IP so far: To promote IP within my department, I recently presented a poster about IP initiatives at the 11th Department of Immunology retreat, an important annual event for both faculty and students in the department. Notably IP has recently become a part of the student life page on the Department of Immunology webpage, thanks to a productive discussion we had with the Department chair Prof. Juan-Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker and Research Program Officer Dr. Korosh Kianizad. In addition to promoting IP within my department, I have also contributed material to the IP Breaking news section.
You can get in touch with me by: email (email@example.com) or follow my social profiles listed at the Immunopaedia Ambassadors Page.
Interviews by Thandeka Moyo