Fatemeh (Leila) Vahedi

   Fatemeh (Leila) Vahedi

   Research Associate

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Fatemeh Vahedi (Leila), a PhD in immunology, was first interested in vaccines and served as a scientific member in the research and development sector at a vaccine centre for many years.

In 2009 she held a postdoctoral fellowship at Central Queensland University, Australia, in mucosal immunology under the supervision of Professor Jennelle Kyd. Her research focused on airway bacterial interactions and their impact on host immune responses.

In 2014, she joined the Ashkar lab for a post-doctoral fellowship. Her aims were to evaluate the role of NK cells during Hepatitis C infection. She was determined to study this through the generation of autologous double humanized mice with human liver and human immune cells, which would ultimately provide a unique system to study the interaction of innate and adaptive immunity with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected human liver cells in a relevant in vivo model.

She is also generating different versions of humanized mice, which have been implemented in versatile forms of research. These humanized mice are used by different laboratories within the McMaster Immunology Research Centre for various models of human diseases including HIV, TB and cancers to name a few.