Cécile van Els is a Dutch PhD from Leiden University and is working in the field of immunology and vaccinology. She wants to gain more insight into the quality and dynamics of protective immune mechanisms against human pathogens. Previously she has been conducting preclinical and clinical research in various pathogen models such as HIV, measles virus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, mumps virus, mycobacteria, meningococci, pneumococci, and B. pertussis. She has a keen interest in MHC presentation of epitope repertoires and has a track record in immunoproteomics-based discovery of T cell epitopes.
Currently Cécile and her team are working on research topics such as fitness and durability of vaccine-or infection-induced immune responses, immunodominance in cellular immunity, and systems immunology of B. pertussis vaccination and infection.
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