Ph.D., University of Hamburg, Germany, Immunology, 2003.
M.S., University of Braunschweig, Germany, Study of Biotechnology, 1996.
My research addresses the influence of HIV sequence diversity on its recognition by cytotoxic T lymphocytes, as well as the factors governing the recognition of sequence variants both in HIV-infected subjects and in vaccine trial participants. More recently, my research also includes the assessment of immune responses to viral vectors used as immunogens in HIV vaccine trials to help understand how pre-existing cellular immunity to the vector influences the quality of vaccine-induced immune responses. In my role as the Associate Laboratory Director for the HVTN, I provide leadership and scientific support for the HVTN Laboratories. This includes (but is not restricted to) oversight of the Endpoints Laboratory, which is responsible for the generation of validated immunogenicity data for all HVTN trials, and of the R&D Laboratory, which provides ancillary and exploratory data leading to a more complete view of the immune responses generated by HIV vaccines.
(Reading, Writing, Speaking)
German: (Fluent, Fluent, Fluent)
Portuguese (Brazilian): (Fluent, Fluent, Fluent)
2008-2013, Assistant member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Clinical Research Division and Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
2006-2008, Instructor, Harvard University, Medical School
2006-2008, Assistant in Immunology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners AIDS Research Center, Infectious Diseases
2001-2006, Post-doctoral fellow, Harvard University, Medical School
2001-2006, Post-doctoral fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners AIDS Research Center, Infectious Diseases
Lower Viral Loads and Slower CD4 Decline in MRKAd5 HIV-1 Vaccinees Expressing Disease-Susceptible HLA-B*58:02.. The Journal of infectious diseases.. 2016.
Assessment of the Safety and Immunogenicity of 2 Novel Vaccine Platforms for HIV-1 Prevention: A Randomized Trial.. Annals of internal medicine.. 2016.
The Safety and Immunogenicity of an Interleukin-12-Enhanced Multiantigen DNA Vaccine Delivered by Electroporation for the Treatment of HIV-1 Infection.. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 71(2):163-71.. 2016.
First-in-Human Evaluation of the Safety and Immunogenicity of a Recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 gag Vaccine (HVTN 090).. Open forum infectious diseases. 2(3):ofv082.. 2015.
Vaccination with heterologous HIV envelope sequences and heterologous adenovirus vectors increases T cell responses to conserved regions (HVTN 083).. The Journal of infectious diseases.. 2015.
T Cell Responses against Mycobacterial Lipids and Proteins Are Poorly Correlated in South African Adolescents.. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950). 195(10):4595-4603.. 2015.
Safety and Immunogenicity of a Recombinant Adenovirus Serotype 35-Vectored HIV-1 Vaccine in Adenovirus Serotype 5 Seronegative and Seropositive Individuals.. Journal of AIDS & clinical research. 6(5). 2015.
COMPASS identifies T-cell subsets correlated with clinical outcomes.. Nature biotechnology. 33(6):610-6.. 2015.
Use of placebos in Phase 1 preventive HIV vaccine clinical trials.. Vaccine. 33(6):749-52.. 2015.
Identification of effective subdominant anti-HIV-1 CD8+ T cells within entire post-infection and post-vaccination immune responses.. PLoS pathogens. 11(2):e1004658.. 2015.
Nonlinear Calibration Model Choice between the Four and Five-Parameter Logistic Models.. Journal of biopharmaceutical statistics. 25(5):972-83.. 2015.
Analysis of HLAA*02 association with vaccine efficacy in the RV144 HIV-1 vaccine trial.. Journal of virology.. 2014.
Increased Sequence Coverage through Combined Targeting of Variant and Conserved Epitopes Correlates with Control of HIV Replication.. Journal of virology. 88(2):1354-65.. 2014.
Vaccine-elicited Human T Cells Recognizing Conserved Protein Regions Inhibit HIV-1.. Molecular therapy : the journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy. 22(2):464-75.. 2014.
Establishment and maintenance of a PBMC repository for functional cellular studies in support of clinical vaccine trials.. Journal of immunological methods.. 2014.
The Antiviral Efficacy of CD8+T Cells in Early HIV-1 Infection Is Dependent on Targeting of Low Entropy Regions of the Viral Proteome. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. 29:A131-A131.. 2013.
Association of Fc gamma RIIC Polymorphism with Vaccine Efficacy and Correlates of HIV-1 Infection Risk in RV144. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. 29:A178-A179.. 2013.