Ralph Pantophlet, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
Associate Member, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2012-present)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator (2009-2015)

Office: Blusson Hall, Room 11712
Phone: (778) 782-8648 (office); (778) 782-8743 (lab)
Fax: (778) 782-5927
Email: rpantophlet@sfu.ca
Profile: FHS faculty profile
Feature: Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR)


  • B.Sc., Polytechnic Faculty, Hogeschool Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Ph.D., University of Leiden, The Netherlands/Research Center Borstel, Germany


Dr. Pantophlet is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and an Associate Faculty member of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Dr. Pantophlet joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2008 and heads the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases Immunology.

Dr. Pantophlet received his B.Sc. degree in medical microbiology from the Hogeschool Rotterdam & Omstreken (The Netherlands) (1995) and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) (1999) for his work on the immunochemical properties of Acinetobacter lipopolysaccharides (performed at the Research Center Borstel, Germany). He moved to The Scripps Research Institute in California (2000) for postdoctoral research on anti-HIV antibodies and vaccine design under the mentorship of Dr. Dennis Burton. Dr. Pantophlet returned to the Research Center Borstel for a brief postdoctoral period (2002) and then rejoined the Burton laboratory as a senior postdoctoral fellow to focus on HIV vaccine design (2003).


Students should contact Dr. Pantophlet for specific course information. A general description of these courses can be found in the SFU calendar online.

Undergraduate courses taught currently

HSCI 442 – Immunology Laboratory
Prerequisite courses: HSCI/MBB 326 or 426 (Immune System I) and one of MBB 308 (Molecular Biology Laboratory), MBB 309W (Biochemistry Laboratory), or BISC 303 (Microbiology)

HSCI 199 – Basic science to modern medicine (Special Topics)
Prerequisite courses: HSCI 100 (Human Biology), BISC 100 (Introduction to Biology), or BISC 101 (General Biology)

Graduate courses taught currently