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27 Feb 2019

Fighting Ebola on the front line: Amber Kunkel’s mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Research Journal of the Institut Pasteur published a captivating focus on Amber Kunkel’s experience in Democratic Republic of the Congo, from the outbreak that ended in July 2018 to the epidemic currently raging.

She left for the Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 5, 2018 in response to the WHO’s call for international help. “We offered epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, and anthropologists to deploy through WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) within days after they released a Request for Assistance,” explains Dr. Eileen Farnon, head of the OITF, a program that has been coordinating outbreak responses by scientists across the Institut Pasteur International Network since 2015. WHO gave the green light to Dr. Kunkel’s mission, “so she could provide her expertise to the final stage of the response.” [...]

Read the entire article online

Dr. Kunkel is a post-doctoral fellow and a key member of the Pasteur Outbreak Investigation Task Force (OITF). She will be in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, alongside Dr. Eileen Farnon, in March to share her knowledge during the Introduction to Outbreak Investigation and Response course co-organized by HKU-Pasteur. 

Between field missions, Dr. Amber Kunkel (right) with Dr. Eileen Farnon (left), head of the Outbreak Investigation Task Force on the Institut Pasteur campus in Paris, in January 2019. © Institut Pasteur/François Gardy.

08 Feb 2019

Tot binnenkort Tami!

After five years at HKU-Pasteur, Tami Zhang is leaving Hong Kong for the Netherlands to join an inspiring new lab.

Earlier this year, she joined Artemis One Health, in Delft, as a postdoctoral research fellow, involved in an Horizon 2020 project named Investigating Mechanisms and Models Predictive of Accessibility of Therapeutics (IM2PACT) Into The Brain

IM2PACT aims to further the understanding of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in health and disease states towards the development of innovative brain delivery systems, especially for biopharmaceuticals, such as peptides and antibodies, and the identification of novel disease drug targets for the treatment of the Alzheimer disease, Multiple Sclerosis and metabolic diseases. This project is sponsored by the European union (EU) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Association (EFPIA), within the context of the European framework for research and innovation. It involves the cooperation among 28 different partners belonging to 15 different European countries. 

Tami’s task in Artemis One Health will be to elucidate molecular mechanism that regulates neurotropic flavivirus transport at the BBB.

We are all very excited for this new adventure, and very proud of her achievements during all those years together in HKU-Pasteur. 

See you soon Tami, you are always welcome here! 

Tot binnenkort!


28 Jan 2019

Pasteur-Paris University International Doctoral Program (PPU)

In 2009, the Institut Pasteur, the world leading biomedical research institute founded by Louis Pasteur in 1887, inaugurated the Pasteur Paris-University (PPU) international doctoral program in collaboration with several major Parisian science universities for students holding a Master degree (or equivalent) from a university outside of France and who have not worked or resided in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment.

An exceptional PhD program in the exciting, dynamic and interactive research environment of the Institut Pasteur in collaboration with Parisian universities. A 3-year PhD program for students holding a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in science, medicine or related fields from a non-French university.
Pactical information:


Educational program: 

  • Improving public health and welfare through scientific discovery 
  • Quest for knowledge beyond the frontiers of biological sciences 
  • State-of-the-art technology platforms 
  • Tailored courses and training to high proficiency 
  • Close scientific supervision 
  • Interactive environment for collaborations 


  • A three-year salary covering living expenses and social benefits 
  • Assistance with housing and visas
  • Dedicated student club for science and social activies
  • Annual travel allocation for conference participation
  • French language course 


Download the 10 years PPU celebration boolket.

18 Jan 2019

[Panel] Art After Hours: Contagion And Hygiene Panel in Tai Kwun

As part of the Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close art exhibition, starting on 26th of January, Tai Kwun Contemporary will host a panel called Contagion and Hygiene:
This panel focuses on disease, 2003, memories of loss and lessons we can learn on the 16th anniversary of the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong. How do the doctors who were involved in treating patients at the time, remember this epidemic? How does a historian of diseases contextualise that year in the larger fabric of Hong Kong’s modern history? How does a curator of visual culture remember the materiality and ephemera left behind?
This panel invites Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, gastrointestinal specialist who was the Chief of Service, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics,  Prince of Wales Hospital in 2003, founder of the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star for fighting SARS to speak about his personal experience of 2003. Professor Robert Peckham, Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, The University of Hong Kong will share his research on histories of infectious diseases, epidemics, and global threats from a Hong Kong context. Finally, M+ curator Tina Pang, specialist in Hong Kong visual culture will speak on materiality, gender, and visible artists that were of focus in 2003 in Hong Kong.
Panel Date: 1 Feb 2019 7-8:30pm

Panel Location: JC cube, Tai Kwun

More info and registration on Tai Kwun website.

More info about the Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close art exhibition through this link

18 Jan 2019

The Story of the Pasteur Institute and Its Contributions to Global Health

Marie-Hélène Marchand, former Secretary General of the Institut Pasteur from 1983 to 2010, wrote a book about Institut Pasteur and its contribution to global health. It is now available in English through Cambridge Scholars Publishing website.

Book description: Despite the fame surrounding the name of Louis Pasteur, few people know what exactly occurs at the institute he founded in 1887. Scientific breakthroughs made by pioneers of microbiology, the emergence of molecular biology and genomics, and the identification of VIH–1 in 1983 have kept the Pasteur Institute at the forefront of the fight against infectious diseases.

This prestigious private foundation has upheld the vision of its founder, creating a Pasteurian community worldwide, with 33 Pasteur Institutes on five continents, and supported by both famous and unknown donors throughout the world.

This book presents the fascinating story of an institution which had enormous influence on both British and American science and medicine. It offers detailed and personal insights into the Pasteur Institute, where lively personalities and outsized passions give birth to excitement and the triumph of world-class research.


Biography: Marie–Hélène Marchand graduated from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, and received her doctorate in Political Studies in 1966. She served as the Secretary General of the Pasteur Institute from 1983 to 2010, having previously worked as Scientific Attaché to the French Embassy in Washington, DC, and as Adviser to the President of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and to the Minister of Research. Her publications include Les conseillers généraux sous la IVème République (1966), Histoire des dons et legs à l’Institut Pasteur (2001), and Une histoire de l’Institut Pasteur, au coeur de la santé publique mondiale (2015).

03 Jan 2019

Institut Pasteur “Viruses and human cancers” MOOC

The Institut Pasteur Viruses and human cancers MOOC is starting on the 7th of January for a full immersion into relationship between viruses and cancer. It describes the mechanisms of cancer induction by viral infection at the cellular and at the tissue levels.

Four chapters of the MOOC are dedicated to different viral species/families/groups most frequently associated with cancers in humans: retroviruses, papillomaviruses, merkel cell polyoma virus, hepatitis viruses, Epstein-Barr virus and human herpesvirus-8 (HHV8). Epidemiology of viral infection and associated cancers are explained. A last chapter is devoted to innovative prevention measures which might help to decrease the high rate of virus-induced human cancers worldwide.

Deadline for registration: April 29, 2019

Registration and info


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