New funding for equipment in support of COVID-19 research

Welcome Hajar Chihab – New postdoctoral fellow in the Pantophlet Lab

A warm welcome to Hajar Chihab, the Pantophlet’s Lab’s newest postdoc. Hajar obtained her PhD in Immunovirology from the Chouaib Doukkali University in El Jadida, Morocco, under the primary supervision of Dr. Soumaya Benjelloun. Her doctoral research encompassed many aspects of host-virus interaction in the context of hepatitis B and C infections, from the study of viral genome mutations or variations and their influence on the persistence and clearance of viral infection to the study of hepatitis B and C host biomarkers involved in immune responses.

Yiqiu and Diana receive FHS Dean’s USRA!

Congratulations to two talented undergrad students in the Pantophlet Lab: Yiqiu Yang and Diana Yang! Both received news recently of their successful Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) applications to the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). The awards will support them financially as they contribute to ongoing research projects in the lab this Fall (2020). Yiqiu, who has been a member of the lab since 2019, will continue to work on neutralizing antibodies to the high-mannose patch on HIV gp120. Diana, a new recruit to the lab, will contribute to research on the selective recognition of flu hemagglutinin by germline precursors of broadly neutralizing antibodies.

Interview with Vancouver’s The Tyee on antibody-based therapy for COVID-19

Vancouver biotech company AbCellera is developing antibodies to treat COVID-19. In the six-minute video below from The Tyee, Ralph Pantophlet is interviewed alongside Véronique Lecault, COO of AbCellera. They explain what antibody treatment is and endeavors to apply it to COVID-19. The video also explains how advances in technology are helping to find and isolate the right antibodies.


Serum alpha-mannosidase as an additional barrier to eliciting oligomannose-specific HIV-1-neutralizing antibodies

Our latest research contribution to identifying potential hurdles to the elicitation of glycan-specific HIV-neutralizing antibodies has just been published with @SpringerNature in @Scientific Reports! Read here: [article]

Meet SFU undergraduate researcher Yiqiu Yang

Yiqiu, one of our talented undergrad research interns and a 3rd year student in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, talks to SFU-SURJ (Science Undergraduate Research Journal) about the research that she has contributed to in the lab over the last several months.


Quiana receives USRA and admittance to the graduate program in Health Sciences!

Congratulations to Quiana Ang! Quiana has been awarded her second Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), which will enable her to continue her undergraduate research in the Pantophlet Lab over the summer, and has been accepted as a Master’s student in the Faculty of Health Sciences for Fall 2020!

Congratulations to Ed Bigornia!

Congratulations to Edarlin Bigornia, most recent undergraduate member of the Pantophlet Lab, who convocated this past week!


Join the Pantophlet Lab @ SFU!

The Pantophlet Lab is seeking an experienced Research Assistant to support ongoing NIH- and CIHR-funded research related to HIV and flu vaccine development. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For more information, visit our Opportunities page.

Government of Canada investing in Canadian researchers to help them make world-class discoveries

Official announcement of funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, made the announcement today while visiting SFU’s Burnaby Campus. Dr. Ralph Pantophlet is one of three SFU lead researchers to receive JELF funding. The Pantophlet lab will acquire a new-generation flow cytometry system, enabling high-resolution analyses of immune responses and precise recovery of immune cells, thus stimulating new vaccine and cure strategies.
[Government of Canada announcement] [PDF]
[Simon Fraser News announcement] [PDF]