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Rich Lester

Email: rlester@csrtkenya.org

Supervisor:

Dr. Frank Plummer

Position:

Fellow

Degrees obtained:

  • BSc. Science (Honours Physiology) – University of Alberta
  • M.D. – University of Alberta

Current Project:

Evaluating innate immune mechanisms of resistance to HIV-1 infection among commercial sex-workers in Nairobi, Kenya.

About: Richard's research interests focus on host resistance to infection, with a focus on innate immunity. Innate immunity provides a first line of defense against potential invading pathogens, and provides ongoing influence on development and maintenance of adaptive immune responses. My current project is evaluating Toll-like receptor (TLR) expression and function as it pertains to immunity in HIV-1 resistant commercial sex-workers in Nairobi, Kenya. Additional interests are healthcare communications in resource-limited settings. Currently he has a project evaluating mobile/cell phone usage for patient follow-up and monitoring in antiretroviral (ART) programs in Africa.


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Elijah Maritim Songok

Email: songok@hotmail.com

Supervisor:

Dr. Frank Plummer

Position:

Fellow

Degrees obtained:

  • M.Sc. Biochemistry - University of Nairobi
  • Ph.D. - Kanazawa University
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute - Principal Research Officer
  • University of Manitoba - Assistant Professor

Current Project:

Analysis of gene expression profiles of HIV resistant and susceptible populations in Kenya using affymetrix micro arrays

About: Dr. Elijah Maritim Songok is currently a Senior Research Officer at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi. He is on a postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by Canadian Institute’s of Health Research (CIHR). He is studying HIV/AIDS under Prof. Frank Plummer with a research interest on genomics and HIV susceptibility. Presently analyzing gene expression profiles of HIV resistant and susceptible populations in Kenya using affymetrix micro arrays for possible candidates for an anti-HIV vaccine.


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Adam Burgener (former fellow)

Please find Dr. Burgener's current information on his website - http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/units/medical_microbiology/faculty/burgener.html

Email: burgener@mts.net

Supervisor:

Past Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Frank Plummer

Position:

Post Doctoral Fellowship concluded in 2010

Degrees obtained:

  • Ph.D.in Microbiology - University of Manitoba, 2005
  • B.Sc. (Honours) Biotechnology - University of Manitoba, 1999

Current Project:

Identification of novel protein biomarkers that are correlated with HIV-resistance using mass spectrometry

About: Adam's project is essentially biomarker discovery. He is examining both blood plasma and cervical mucosa samples from HIV-resistant sex workers to determine if there are any differentially expressed proteins compared to HIV-positive and HIV-negative control groups. Adam is currently evaluating various chromatographic techniques coupled with SELDI-TOF (Surface Enhanced Laser Desorption and Ionization) mass spectrometry to analyze the samples. Any differentially expressed proteins will be identified and its role in HIV-resistance will be investigated. The hope is that this information could be used in the development of an HIV-vaccine.


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Sandra Koesters (former fellow)

Please find Dr. Koesters current biography under Dr. Ball's lab

Email: sandra.kiazyk@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Position:

Past Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Frank Plummer

Degrees obtained:

  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology-University of Manitoba
  • PhD, MSc--Microbiology-University of Manitoba

Project wroked on as a Fellow:

Mechanisms of HIV disease progression

About: Sandra graduated from the University of Manitoba with an honors degree in Microbiology in 2000, and joined the lab of Dr. Keith Fowke as a Masters student soon after. Her studies focused on the mechanisms of HIV disease progression, with particular emphasis on immune activation, apoptosis, and T cell memory. Sandra has had the amazing opportunity to do part of her project in Nairobi where she spent a number of months working in the laboratories based at the University of Nairobi. She says she enjoyed her visits there tremendously and hopes she will go back there at some point in my career.

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