Research Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows
Name Details
Research Associates (RA)  

Ao, Zhujun (HIV)


RA for Dr. Yao
Department of Medical Microbiology 745 Bannatyne Avenue, Room 508, Basic Medical Science Building, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9
Tel: (204) 977-5677; Lab: (204)789-3983; Fax: (204) 789-3926

 Dr. Ao obtained her M.D. and M.Sc. degrees respectively at Zunyi Medical University and Tonji Medical University in China. She received her Ph.D. in Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Montreal in 2007. Since then she has worked as postdoctoral and senior research associate in the Laboratory of Molecular Human Retrovirology, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba. Dr. Ao has many years of research experience with more than 30 publications in high impact scientific journals including J Virol, JBC, J Mol Biol, Hum Gene Ther, Retrovirology, Mol. The.-Nuc.Acids., Antimicrob. Agents Ch. and Plos ONE. Her main research area is the interactions between HIV and host and their roles during HIV replication. She also is interesting in developing new strategies to reactivate HIV latent reservoir for HIV-1cure.

Lajoie, Julie


RA for Dr. Fowke
Laboratory of Viral Immunology
Department of Medical Microbiology Room 539 - 745 Bannatye Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9
Tel: (204) 789-3818 Fax: (204) 789-3926

In 2000, Dr. Julie Lajoie received her B.Sc in Sciences Biologiques from the University of Montreal. She then began a Master degree at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Michel Roger. Her MSc thesis aimed to identify polymorphisms in the TAP1/2 gene associated with susceptibility to HIV in Zimbabween women. From 2003-2005, Dr. Lajoie worked as a research assistant in Dr. Roger’s lab. In 2005, she started her PhD where she analyzed how HLA-G and the mucosal inflammatory environment impacted the susceptibility to HIV infection. Her worked led to the discovery of new HLA-G alleles and six publications. She completed her PhD with Honours in 2010 from the Université de Montréal. In 2010, Dr. Lajoie began her post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Keith Fowke’s Lab at the University of Manitoba. She also graduated from the International Infectious Disease and Global Health Training Program. Dr. Lajoie is currently a Research Associate in Dr. Fowke’s lab. She received a Grand challenge Canada Star in Global Health phase I grant to determine if anti-inflammatories such as aspirin can mimic the immune quiescence phenotype observed in HIV exposed seronegative female sex workers and help prevent HIV infection.

Inducing resistance to HIV infection on Youtube
Post-doctoral Fellows (PDF)

Sivro, Aida

Dr. Aida Sivro is trained in infectious diseases immunology and epidemiology, with a focus on better understanding protective immunity against HIV infection within key populations in sub-Saharan Africa. She obtained her PhD in October 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Frank Plummer and Dr. Blake Ball at the University of Manitoba studying the immune determinants of HIV susceptibility. Her PhD project involved studying naturally occurring variants of IRF1 gene, a pivotal transcriptional regulator in the host immune response against HIV-1 infection. Currently, her postdoctoral work at the University of Manitoba and Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) focuses on understanding the mucosal determinants of HIV transmission in the context of large HIV prevention trials, with a particular focus on understanding transmission dynamics in young women and men who have sex with men, groups disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic. Her specific research focus include interferon signaling and lymphocyte trafficking and integrin a4b7 in the context of HIV and TB infections. Throughout her training Aida has received numerous awards and scholarships including the New Investigator Award at the CAHR 2016.
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