New Member Mini-Bios

Rama K. Gurram, PhD

Rama K. Gurram, Ph.D. Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA Dr. Gurram received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, under the mentorship of Dr. Javed N. Agrewala. There, he worked on understanding the mechanism [READ MORE]

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Katherine A. Waugh, PhD

Katherine A. Waugh, Ph.D. Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, USA Dr. Waugh is an Instructor at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Department of Pharmacology on the University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, USA. She studies aberrant interferon signaling in Down [READ MORE]

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Shehneela Baseer

Shehneela Baseer Hannover Medical School, Germany Shehneela is doing her Ph.D. at Hannover Medical School, Germany. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the developing a deep understanding of the immune response in hepatitis B vaccinated non-responsive individuals using a knowledge-driven approach. She did my Master’s in Bioinformatics at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, [READ MORE]

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Erwin Le Scolan, PhD

Erwin Le Scolan CytomX Therapeutics, South San Francisco, USA Dr. Le Scolan has over 15 years of research experience in immuno-oncology. He joined CytomX in 2017 as a Scientist in Cancer Immunology. Dr. Le Scolan initiated and is currently leading CytomX’s conditionally active cytokine therapeutics program. Prior to CytomX, Dr. [READ MORE]

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Venkat Giri Magupalli, PhD

Venkat Giri Magupalli Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA Venkat Giri Magupalli is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focuses on innate immune recognition of pathogenic and sterile signals, with a special emphasis on the mechanistic basis of signal recognition [READ MORE]

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Olivia Luise Gern

Olivia Luise Gern Veterinary University of Hannover, Germany Olivia Luise Gern obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Life Science in Lille, France, where she focused on cell biology and physiology. Since she was always primarily interested in infectious diseases, she continued with a bi-national Master of Science in Infection Biology between [READ MORE]

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Damian Bertheloot, PhD

Damian Bertheloot, Ph.D. Institute of Innate Immunity, Bonn, Germany Dr. Damien Bertheloot is passionate about the signature dying cells leave behind and the impact these molecular patterns have on the immune system. His first taste for the world of innate immunity came from an internship in the laboratory of Prof. [READ MORE]

Society News

Meet the ICIS Early-Career Researcher (ECR) Committee

The ECR Committee will organize and run young investigator sessions and events to create opportunities for young investigators to build relationships within academia, the corporate world and publishing. Opportunities may include, panels, networking and other activities at the annual meeting, regional meetings and other times throughout the year. The ECR Committee is open to all ICIS student/postdoc members as well as Early Career members who have received a Ph.D or M.D. within the previous 10 -15 years. [READ MORE]

President-Elect's Letter

Three Books that Changed my Life as a Female Professor in Academia

It’s an unfortunate but well-documented fact that bias against women is rampant in the professional world (not just academia). Although I have been more fortunate than many of my female peers in this regard, I have certainly experienced this, mostly in little ways, though occasionally in jaw-droppingly big ones. Two examples will suffice. As a grad student in the early 1990s, a PI of a neighboring lab told me, “Women shouldn’t try to do science because to be successful, you need a wife.”  Sadly, this type of thinking is not ancient history. A few years ago, I was slated to give a major talk at a prestigious conference alongside two men. Upon seeing the program, a senior individual at my institution said, “I see that you are the X-chromosome invitation.”  Importantly, men are not the only perpetrators of such bias; women are just as likely to negatively judge other women and unconsciously reward or favor men. [READ MORE]