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Lion Uhl

DPhil Student

I am a Kennedy Trust Prize funded DPhil student in the group of Dr. Audrey Gerard investigating the role of T cell collectivity in the regulation of the CD8 T cell response.

I received my B.Sc. in Food Science and Biotechnology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) during which I conducted my bachelor's thesis under the supervision of Prof. Florian Rüker in the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Antibody Engineering. Following my undergraduate studies I obtained a M.Sc. in Biotechnology, with a specialisation in Medical Biotechnology, from BOKU, and a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, specialising in Immunology, from the University of Vienna. During my master's studies I got the opportunity to join the group of Prof. Michel Nussenzweig at Rockefeller University as a Marshall Plan Fellow, investigating first HIV-1 latency in patients on ART, before going on to focus on isolating and characterising anti-ZIKV neutralising antibodies from infected individuals in the wake of the Zika outbreak under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Davide Robbiani. I subsequently joined the group of Dr. Christoph Bock at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) as a Visiting Scientist working on various projects utilising high-throughput sequencing technologies to study cancer epigenomics before starting my DPhil at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Gerard and Prof. Michael Dustin.

In our research we aim to better understand how different clones of CD8 T cells come together during priming to coordinate their response and co-regulate each other and their subsequent fate.

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