Congratulations to the 2020 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees! Dawit G. Hagos from Ethiopia’s project is titled, “Development & Evaluation of Multiplex db-PCR combined with NALFIA in North Ethiopia, Tigray.” Thi My Hoa Vo from Cambodia’s project is titled, “Insight into Dengue-Specific Memory B cell Profiles in Asymptomatic Individuals for Vaccine Development.”
2020 ISID/ESCMID Fellowship Awardees
Dawit Gebreegziabiher Hagos is a clinical and medical microbiologist. He graduated with a master’s degree in clinical laboratory science (diagnostic and public health microbiology) from Addis Ababa University, School of Medical Laboratory Technology, in September 2012. He also obtained a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory technology from the same University. Having had a keen interest in the evaluation and development of diagnostic tests, his first research project was the evaluation of fluorescence microscopy for the diagnosis of tuberculosis, a bachelor thesis. From 2009 to 2012, he was a master’s research fellow at Armauer Hansen Research Institute, AHRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has been working on loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests and nucleic acid lateral flow immunoassays (NALFIA) as novel point-of-care diagnostics and test-of-cure for visceral leishmaniasis in Ethiopia since 2018.
Hoa Vo has been a postdoctoral scientist in the Immunology Unit at the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) since 2018, conducting research on the adaptive immune responses against flavivirus infections. In 2013, she obtained the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Scholarship for her PhD. She performed her PhD study at Novartis/GSK Vaccines, Italy, focusing on the effects of novel vaccine adjuvants on B cell responses. At IPC, her research focuses on vaccine development for infectious diseases. She uses her knowledge in immunology to investigate the protective immune responses by which some individuals clear dengue virus infections without symptoms and how these mechanisms contribute to the development of novel vaccine strategies to prevent dengue infection and disease.