Dr. Adrienne Meyers

Dr. Adrienne Meyers

Viruses hold the key to many important aspects of our understanding of biology, immunology and genetics — and all of them have information to offer. My passion for viruses led me to seek out a more in-depth understanding of immunology and how it relates to pathogenic viruses, which directed me to the research programs of Dr. Frank Plummer at the National Microbiology Laboratory/ Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the University of Manitoba. I spend a great deal of time working in sub-Saharan Africa, directing research projects and overseeing many of the studies on HIV/AIDS in one of the hardest hit parts of the world.

My work with Dr. Ofer Mandelboim, of the University of Jerusalem’s Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada, began with the global initiative to better understand the role of Natural Killer (NK) cells in protecting against HIV infection. Dr. Plummer's extensive work on HIV/AIDS with a well-defined cohort of commercial sex workers has identified a group of individuals who, despite constant exposure to the virus, remain uninfected. Understanding what it is that protects these people against HIV infection is a key focus of many of our research projects and the two teams believe that many of the answers lie in the area of innate immunology and NK cell function. We are also interested in understanding more about the progression of HIV infection to AIDS; our work will help address this very important aspect of virus infection.

We are bringing together trainees and senior research staff from both laboratories in an effort to learn from each other and with each other as we address these issues. Our work is being conducted in Canada, Israel and Kenya, and has grown to include additional important research questions. Most recently, we have incorporated some work on the pandemic H1N1 strain of influenza into our studies.

I am thrilled to be coordinating the exciting collaboration between these two world-renowned teams through IMRIC. Both groups have extensive experience and expertise in areas that complement each other: HIV and infectious diseases, and innate immunology/NK cells.

The opportunities are tremendous and I am very excited to be a part of this new venture along with the Mandelboim team at Hebrew U.

Education

University of Manitoba

University of Nairobi

University of Alberta

PhD, molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of viruses such as Ebola and Crimean Congo

Haemorrhagic Fever Virus

Affiliations

Public Health Agency of Canada/National Microbiology Laboratory

National Laboratory for HIV and Retrovirology Immunology

Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba

Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Nairobi