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My research interests currently lie in Immunology Education, specifically on how topics in immunology are understood. I work on developing tools for immunology educators to better cater to their audience and to make immunology (and the biology of vaccines) more student-centered and accessible to learners of all levels.
Check out the preliminary edition of my book "The Biology of Vaccines". First edition should be available by September 2022.
Born in France, I was raised in a bilingual household and moved to the states in my teens. My alma matters include Eckerd College in Florida, Tufts University in Massachusetts and Emory University in Atlanta GA. My Ph.D. thesis research was based on incompatible transfusions of red blood cells and have yielded more questions than answers! I later joined the Immunization and Respiratory Diseases branch of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the immune responses to Influenza and the efficacy of vaccines in individuals with preexisting conditions. In light of my interest for teaching, learning and research, I became an NIH IRACDA fellow which funded my post doctoral training in Influenza research and teaching training at a local HBCU (Clark Atlanta).
I consider myself an educator and an immunologist with a specialty in virology and red blood cell immunology. I have taught classes since 2008 and aim to form communities within my classrooms. Outreach opportunities and igniting projects are always of interest. As an example, two Freshmen students used crowd sourcing to designed a detection method to help screenings during the 2014 Ebola outbreak and submitted an application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Think of ways you could start a new project, professors are here to help!