Amin Hassan is a post-doctoral researcher with a Masters degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. He is currently working with the HIV/STI studies group based at the KWTRP in Kilifi, Kenya with an interest in understanding HIV-host interactions and their contribution to disease pathogenesis. To do this, Hassan is using samples from well-characterised cohorts from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa and Sweden, effectively covering the most common circulating global subtypes. He aims to characterise the virus using single genome sequencing and profile innate immune responses by multiplexing. He will then use advanced multi-dimensional phylogenetic models to elucidate the interactions between the virus and the host, and how these contribute to acute retroviral syndrome and their subsequent effects on disease progression through to the chronic phase. It is envisaged that work from his project may have implications for prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine design.