SANTHE Intern trains at MGH, MIT and Harvard in the US

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Bonolo Phinius, BHP based SANTHE Intern (bottom center), with members of the Yu Laboratory at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard.Bonolo Phinius, SANTHE Intern from the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP), recently returned from a two-month trip to the US where she visited the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard, to train on immunological techniques that would immediately be applied to her project entitled, "Functional polarisation of T-helper cells in HIV-1 exposed and unexposed infants from Botswana." She was based in the Yu Laboratory under the supervision of Doctors Xu Yu (MD, Mathias Lichterfeld (MD) and Navin Fatema Chowdhury (PhD).

In addition to a broadening of her general understanding of the field through the attendance of various seminars held at the Institute, she was also trained in laboratory work including protocol design and antibody panel design, and thawing mononuclear cells and stimulation.