Salma Sheikh-Mohamed, Immunology
Year of Study: 1st year
Student’s Name: Salma Sheikh-Mohamed
Graduate Department: Immunology
Country of Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Why this Department? I chose the immunology department at the University of Toronto because of the strong, multidisciplinary research conducted here. The opportunities provided by this department aligned strongly with my research goals, and I appreciated how flexible and accommodating the program was, as well as the collaborative and welcoming spirit.
Current Research Experience: My current research is focused on using imaging mass cytometry (IMC) in combination with more established techniques such as flow cytometry and immunofluorescence, to determine the relationship between Th17 cells and IgA+ plasma cells in the human gut. I am hoping to show that HIV seropositive adults have a lower frequency of IgA-producing cells in the intestinal mucosa, and that an increased IgA+ plasma cell frequency is correlated with increased protection against HIV infection.
Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals: While I am here, I plan to learn as much about IMC as I can. In the future, I would like to work in industry, where I can work further with IMC and help to establish this technique. I am also considering staying at the immunology department to continue my research project, and earn my PhD.
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