Carolien van de Sandt
The University of Melbourne
Carolien van de Sandt received her Master Biomedical Sciences study at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in 2011. She developed a great passion for the field of immunovirology. During various internships she studied Lassa and Yellow Fever (LUMC, Laboratory of Prof. Bredenbeek), minor histocompatibility antigens (LUMC, Laboratory of Prof. Goulmy) and the HIV-envelop protein (AMC, Laboratory of Prof. Sanders). Carolien obtained her PhD in 2016 and continued her postdoctoral research in the group of Prof. Rimmelzwaan at the Viroscience department at the Erasmus Medical Center (The Netherlands). The focus of her PhD and postdoctoral research was the balance of cross-reactivity, longevity and viral evasion of the influenza virus-specific CD8+ T-cell response. She was awarded the prestigious McKenzie- and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA)-Fellowship and started her postdoctoral-fellowship at the University of Melbourne at the Peter Doherty Institute in the world-renowned group of Prof. Kedzierska, who is internationally recognized for her extensive expertise in human immunology. Here, Carolien uses state-of-the-art single cell technologies to dissect influenza virus-specific immune responses during aging, which include single cell T-cell receptor analysis and scRNAseq. Carolien will continue the second part of her MSCA-Fellowship in the group of Prof. van Lier at Sanquin (The Netherlands) in 2020.