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Speaker: Associate Professor Ashley St.John, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Title:Mast cell modulation of viral respiratory infections: From RSV to COVID-19
Chair: Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk, Viral Immunology Group, The University of Adelaide and BHI, TQEH
Speaker biography: Ashley St. John is an Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School and PI of the Laboratory of Immunity and Immune Pathology in the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases. She also holds appointments in the Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore, Pathology Department, Duke University and SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute.
Dr St. John received her BS in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004 and PhD in Immunology from Duke University in 2010 before completing her post-doctoral training at Duke-NUS in 2014. She is an expert in viral immunology, with a focus on immunity to vector-borne pathogens such as dengue and Zika viruses. She also has an interest in immune responses to respiratory viral pathogens such as respiratory syncytial virus and SARS-CoV-2. Her lab works on developing novel vaccination strategies, diagnostics, and therapeutics for infectious and allergic diseases.