Clemens was awarded a competitive Marie Skłodowska-Curie award to study B cells and antibodies during mycobacteria infection. The project will address antibody specificity during BCG vaccination in mice and humans and is already well underway with the IMCB lab's team #tuberculosis.
Despite the craziness that continues in the US, 2021 is off to a pretty good start: we received some essential funding from the Helmut Horten foundation and our influenza/CD4 Trm story is officially published. Meanwhile, we are anticipating the arrival of Jean de Lima (Brazil) and Maike Erber (Germany) in the next few weeks, along with two new masters students who will work on macrophages and mycobacteria! I love how multinational academic labs are. With so much turnover, there will be a bit of 'down time' for the IMCB lab but we are revving up again!
Happy new year to anyone who reads this!
Most importantly, we are all healthy and relatively happy (I think!). I'm super grateful to my team for making the IMCB lab the brilliant place it's meant to be - I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to 'science' with.