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Immunopaedia Ambassadors – Europe

Our Ambassadors from across Europe.


Maria-Bernadette MadelWhat is your name?
Maria-Bernadette Madel

What is your current position?
PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Laboratory of Molecular PhysioMedicine (LP2M), Team “Osteoimmunology Niches and Inflammation”, University Côte d’Azur, Nice, France

What is your home country?
Germany 

What are your research interests?
Osteoimmunology, Inflammatory Disorders, Rheumatology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I completed my Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine at the Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria) in 2016. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Immunology and Microbiology with a focus on Osteoimmunology in the laboratory of Claudine Blin-Wakkach at the University Côte d’Azur (Nice, France). I am interested in the connection between chronic inflammatory diseases and the associated severe bone destruction observed in patients and related animal models. Osteoclasts, the bone-resorbing cells, are at the heart of this connection and my team is intrigued by the heterogeneity and immune function of these monocytic multinucleated cells. Using flow cytometry, RNAseq and miRNome analyses, I characterize osteoclasts that arise in inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or rheumatoid arthritis and investigate their role and their contribution to inflammation and the resulting bone destruction. Understanding the biology of these inflammatory osteoclasts and the identification of specific markers will help to decipher the underlying molecular mechanisms to specifically block inflammatory bone loss without affecting normal bone resorption.

What are your online profiles?
Linkedin – Maria-Bernadette Madel

Researchgate – Maria-Bernadette Madel

Imunology Keywords:
Osteoclasts, Chronic Inflammation, Autoimmune Diseases


Kathrin HeldWhat is your name?
Kathrin Held

What is your current position?
Scientist

Which institute and country do you work in?
Department for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, University of Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany

What is your home country?
Germany

What are your research interests?
Infection & Immunity, adaptive immune response

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a scientist in the Infection & Immunity laboratory at the Department for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Medical Centre of the University of Munich (LMU), in Germany. My main research interest is the immunology of infectious and autoimmune diseases. I received my doctorate in Biology from the LMU, Munich on the role of T cells in the control of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Latency in Human Trigeminal Ganglia. During my post-doctoral fellowship on CNS autoimmune diseases, I studied T-cell receptors and target antigens of putatively autoreactive T cells. Currently, I am focusing on the adaptive immune response against HIV and TB infection in humans using fluorescence immunohistochemistry, polychromatic flow cytometry, as well as molecular methods like next generation sequencing.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Kathrin Held

Immunology Keywords: T cells, infectious diseases, immunohistochemistry


Fabien ProdjinothoWhat is your name?
Fabien Ulrich Prodjinotho

What is your current position?
Postdoctoral researcher

Which institute and country do you work in?
Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie, Immunologie und Hygiene (IMMIH), Technische Universtät München (TUM), Munich, Germany

What is your home country?
Benin

What are your research interests?
Infections with helminths, immunoregulation, parasitology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I completed my Master degree in 2008 at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin) with the focus on the cellular and humoral markers in relation with diabetes. When completing my Master degree, I developed a keen interest and passion for research on helminth infections, specially the immunological and molecular mechanisms associated with these infections. This led me to the University of Lome (Togo), where, for my Postgraduate degree in 2009, I investigated the importance of the use of active molecules from medicinal plants against helminth infections. After my Postgraduate degree, I served as research assistant from 2010 to 2012 at the University of Abomey-Calavi. In 2013, I was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and financial support from the BONFOR research committee for a PhD in Immunology and Parasitology at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology of the University of Bonn (Germany). I completed my PhD thesis in January 2017 on the regulation of effector immune mechanisms during helminth infections and the particular role of the antibody IgG4. Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene at the Technical University of Munich (Germany).

What are your online profiles?
ANSA ev –  Fabien Prodjinotho
LinkedIn – Fabien Prodjinotho
Facebook Page –  WestAfricanYoungImmunoInvestigators

Immunology Keywords: Infections with helminths, immunoregulation, IgG4

 
 
 
 
 
 
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