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.
Interview by Thandeka Moyo