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HKU-Pasteur Research Pole
Courses Series

Immunology Course

The Immunology Course has been held every year since 2008, featuring an international faculty and students from all over the globe.  We have focused on different topics, ranging from immunological memory, immune system responses to pathogens that have been encountered previously (2015), and mucosal immunity and vaccines, to the complex interactions between pathogens and the host’s defence that take place in the mucosal surfaces of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, and urogenital tracts (2014).


Personalized medicine is also a focus. Because individuals differ in their response to stress and infection, among many other respects, one of the big challenges to develop a personalized medical care is to define the parameters (genetic, epigenetic or environmental) that constitute a “healthy” immune system. HKU-Pasteur Immunology Courses have explored the ongoing transition from reductionist studies that are based on the application of genetic approaches in animal models to a more integrated view of the physiology and pathology of the human immune system.  Our programs highlight the latest advances in large-scale, quantitative data collection and computational analysis to investigate immune responses and immune diseases, in regards to the biochemical aspects of immune cell activation and function, multicellular behaviour in tissues and model organisms, and human immune function in health and disease.

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Course Directors

  • Roberto Bruzzone (2008-present)

  • Jean-Marc Cavaillon (2008-2015)

  • James Di Santo (2017-present), 

  • Allan Lau (2008-2011)

  • Liwei Lu (2012-present)

  • Armelle Phalipon (2008-2015)

  • Daniel Scott-Algara (2008-2015)

  • Sophie Valkenburg (2017-present)

The HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018 with a special symposium that welcomed alumni from eight countries.  Professor Kanta Subbarao, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, and Professor Jean-Marc Cavaillon, long time director of the course and Professor at the Institut Pasteur, were the keynote speakers.



Chaichana Panjaporn, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Thailand,

student of the 8th HKU-Pasteur Immunology Course

"I would like to express my gratitude for allowing me to participate in the 8th Immunology Course in November 2015. It was a really great experience! I truly enjoyed the course, learning the concept of immunological memory, and at the same time meeting outstanding and outgoing classmates from different countries.


My favourite thing in the course has been the opportunity to meet and have discussions with awesome and generous professors in the immunology field from all over the world. This course inspired and motivated me to become a good immunologist in the future, and it was more than I expected."

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