null IDIGH Program Seminar Series Winter 2022

IDIGH Program seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. (unless otherwise stated). Seminars will be in English.

Seminars will be online via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic and will also be featured on YouTube for that day only. For more information including links to zoom and YouTube visit:

Contact information: Eric Beliveau, eric.beliveau [at] or Joanne Krief, joanne.krief [at]

The same Zoom link will be used for all seminars in this series.

January 19, 2022
Work in progress
Zhiyang Liu, M.Sc. Student
Supervisor: Dr. Ciriaco Piccirillo
Topic: Modeling of Thymic Regulatory T cell Development In Vitro Using Artificial Thymic Organoid Systems
February 9, 2022
Work in progress
Cindy Leung Soo, M.Sc. Student
Supervisor: Dr. Nitika Pant Pai
Topic: Identifying Predictors of HIV Infection in South Africa Using Bayesian Predictive Projection for Variable Selection
February 16, 2022
Brian Ward, MDCM
Topic: Bringing a COVID vaccine from concept to (possible) licensure
February 23, 2022
Work in progress
Leah Flatman, PhD Student
Supervisor: Dr. Evelyne Vinet
Topic: Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors as a Risk Factor for Serious Infections in Pregnant Women with Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and their offspring
March 9, 2022
Work in progress
Mohamed Shengir, PhD Student
Supervisor: Dr. Giada Sebastiani
Topic: Changes in Hepatic Steatosis and Cardiometabolic Manifestations After Hepatitis C Virological Cure
March 23, 2022
Work in progress
Arina Morozan, M.Sc. Student
Supervisors: Dr. James Martin and Dr. Ines Colmegna
Topic: The Intradermal Hypochlorous Acid Treated Mouse Does Not Recapitulate Key Features of Systemic Sclerosis
March 30, 2022
Giada Sebastiani, MD
Topic: Lifestyle and pharmacologic interventions for Metabolic-associated Fatty Liver Disease
April 6, 2022
Work in progress
Khlood Alsulami, PhD Student
Supervisor: Dr. Nicole Bernard
Topic: High Frequencies of Adaptive NK cells Are Associated With Absence of Coronary Plaque in Cytomegalovirus Infected People Living with HIV
April 13, 2022
Nitika Pant Pai, MD, MPH, PhD
Topic: Can digital solutions plug health service delivery gaps for HIV/Sexually transmitted infections? Evidence from Canada, India and South Africa
April 20, 2022
Work in progress
Tho-Alfakar Al-Aubodah, PhD Student
Supervisors: Dr. Ciriaco Piccirillo and Dr. Tomoko Takano
Topic: The Implication of the T/B Cell Crosstalk in Childhood Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome Indicates a Humoral Autoimmune Origin of Disease
May 11, 2022
Work in progress
Harshita Patel, M.Sc. Student
Supervisors: Dr. Carolyn Jack and Dr. Ciriaco Piccirillo
Topic: Identification of IL-13 Secreting Pathogenic T Cell Populations In Refractory Adult Atopic Dermatitis
May 25, 2022
Work in progress
Celeste Pilon, PhD Student
Supervisor: Dr. Joyce Rauch
Topic: Evaluating the Impact of RIPK3 on the Immune Response in an Induced Murine Model Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
August 3, 2022
Glenda Gray, MB BCh, FC Paeds, DSc (hc), LL. D
Topic: COVID-19 in South Africa