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18 Dec 2020

Carolyn Cohen: “Thanks to the expertise of HKU-Pasteur in coronaviruses, I have had the opportunity to be involved in the current global effort”

HKU-Pasteur celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it is the occasion to show you a little bit more about the people who make this lab a major research pole on infectious diseases, an innovative teaching center and a very special place for us all.

Today, meet Carolyn Cohen, PhD student from Sophie Valkenburg's team:

"After completing an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology, I applied for a Research Assistant position at the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole in the team of Dr. Sophie Valkenburg. As immunology is a very fast-changing field, I was wishing to explore new and up-to-date techniques.
 
I was mostly attracted by the opportunity of pursuing research in immunology regarding the human side of the pathogen. HKU-Pasteur is an ideal place to conduct such research, with the possibility of working with human clinical samples thanks to its strong network of associated hospitals. I have decided to stay at the lab after a year for my postgraduate studies and obtained a Hong Kong PhD fellowship.

 

My thesis is focused on the pandemic immune responses. I am interested in exploring the differences between immune responses to pandemics such as influenzas, to which most immune systems are used to, and immune responses to new viruses in naïve immune systems. Thanks to the expertise of HKU-Pasteur in coronaviruses, I have had the opportunity to adapt my topic to the new pandemic and to be involved in the current global effort. This is both challenging and very exciting! Overall, I like doing research at the lab because it is an inspiring and supportive work environment with friendly people and an amazing sea view!"
 
 
 

03 Dec 2020

Garrick Yip: “I Hope To Contribute To The Community, To Save Human Lives”

HKU-Pasteur celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it is the occasion to show you a little bit more about the people who make this lab a major research pole on infectious diseases, an innovative teaching center and a very special place for us all.

Today, meet Garrick Yip, Mphil student from Chris Mok's team, and alumnus of the 15th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course:

"I participated in the 2019 Virology Course which focused on coronaviruses. During the course, I not only acquired the up-to-date research knowledge from top speakers in the field, but also had the opportunity to propose a research project to them and receive inspiring comments on experimental design and data presentation.
 
I am currently conducting my MPhil research under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Bruzzone and Dr. Chris Mok on identifying mammalian-adapting mutations in the viral polymerase complex of avian influenza A viruses. It is interesting to study how the avian influenza A viruses can overcome the species barrier and infect humans. Besides, I hope to contribute to the community, or even the world, by preventing avian influenza A virus outbreak or pandemic, saving human lives. 
 
Everyone in this lab is hard-working and willing to help each other when someone encounters any difficulties not only in the scientific research but also in daily life. Besides, this lab is international, so I am able to make new friends from all over the world and experience different cultures."