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EAVI2020 Students in Focus: Isabella Huettner (King’s College London, UK)

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Time to meet: Isabella Huettner

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Isabella Huettner is a PhD student at King’s College London, UK.

During the 4 years of my PhD with Dr Katie Doores at King’s College London (UK), I had the opportunity to attend yearly consortium meetings and several PhD training courses. We are interested in studying the role of sugars as priming immunogens for an HIV-1 vaccine. The EAVI2020 consortium and training courses have been an integral part of my PhD journey. For me, the chance to present and discuss my research and learn about the research projects of the other incredible partners in the consortium was very inspiring. The whole consortium is very collaborative, supportive and accommodating of students. The student training courses allowed me to get to know many intelligent and talented post-docs and fellow PhD students and learn about different aspects of vaccination and considerations in the development and use of immunogens and adjuvants. I also valued the opportunity to travel around Europe and get a glimpse behind the scenes in world-leading research institutions. I am very grateful for the chance to be an EU-funded PhD student and to be part of this consortium. I hope there will be many more EU-funded consortiums like this, since the scientific contribution and progress of this consortium is invaluable. I recently submitted my PhD thesis and I will have my viva soon. I will continue working in Katie’s lab and finish the EAVI2020 project, while expanding my focus to SARS-CoV2 related research topics. If I am not in the lab, I like to dance ballet, contemporary or jazz and enjoy travelling.

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