Ralph Pantophlet, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
Associate Member, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2012-2020)
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 a tenured 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. He currently also serves as Head of SFU’s Flow Cytometry Lab (2019-present) and as Scientific Director of the Biocontainment for Infectious Organisms level 3 (BIO3) Lab (2021-present).

Dr. Pantophlet received his B.Sc. degree in medical microbiology from the Hogeschool Rotterdam & Omstreken (now named Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) in The Netherlands (1995) and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Leiden in The Netherlands (1999) for his work on the immunochemical properties of Acinetobacter lipopolysaccharides, performed largely at the Research Center Borstel in Germany. He moved to The Scripps Research Institute (now named Scripps Research) 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-1 vaccine design (2003).


Dr. Pantophlet has taught undergraduate courses pertaining to immunology, infectious diseases and health research more broadly: Vaccine immunology (HSCI 447), Immunology laboratory (HSCI 442) and Basic science to modern medicine (HSCI 199; Special Topic). A general description of these courses can be found in the SFU calendar online.

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Graduate courses taught currently