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Ep. 19: “Parasitic Infections” Featuring Dr. Keke Fairfax

By December 7, 2021January 9th, 2023No Comments

Keke Fairfax


Dr. Keke Fairfax is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Utah.  Her lab uses helminth parasite Schistosoma mansoni as a tool to understand the consequences of IL-4 induced immuno-modulation.  She explains how helminth infections can reduce the efficacy of childhood vaccinations, and how mentorship and networking can help minority scientists thrive in Utah.

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Immunotherapy for Peanut Allergy – Scientists showed that patients’ responses to an oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy depends on both pre-existing CD4+ T cells and a subset of T helper cells.

An mRNA Vaccine for Tick-Borne Diseases – Researchers developed an mRNA vaccine against the tick that transmits Lyme disease.

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