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Dr. Lajoie Jis is currently working at Departments of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba, Canada. 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.
HIV, Mucosal Immunity, HLA-G