Dr. Frances Lund named an 2024 Distinguished Fellow of AAI

The Distingushed Fellows program, established in 2019, annually recognizes members for distinguished careers and outstanding scientific contributions as well as service to AAI and the immunology community. It honors active, long-term members (25 or more years) who have demonstrated one or more of the following: excellence in research accomplishment in the field of immunology; exceptional leadership to the immunology community in academia, foundations, nonprofits, industry, or government, at a national or international level; notable distinction as an educator. Election as a Distinguished Fellow occurs annually and is among the highest honors bestowed by AAI. 

Find more about the Distinguished Fellows of AAI—Class of 2024.

Immunology Technique Workshop for Ghanaian students

Eddie-Williams Owiredu, graduate student of the Lund lab, collaborated with colleagues and professors from Ghana to organize a week-long workshop aimed at enhancing the research capacity of Ghanaian undergraduates and postgraduates. The event took place from September 4th – 8th and close to 200 participants from various universities in Ghana joined the workshop.

The workshop encompassed a wide range of training modules, including theory and techniques for cell isolation from tissues, flow cytometry, and data analysis with FlowJo, ELISA/ELISPOT, mouse models, and more.

UAB Featured Discovery – Drs. Frances Lund and Anoma Nellore

Frances Lund, Ph.D., Charles H. McCauley professor in the Department of Microbiology and director of the Immunology Institute, and Anoma Nellore, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, are the latest winners of the Heersink School of Medicine’s Featured Discovery. This initiative celebrates important research from Heersink faculty members.

The study, “A transcriptionally distinct subset of influenza-specific effector memory B cells predicts long-lived antibody responses to vaccination in humans,” was published in Immunity.

Congrats to lab trainees for winning awards!

Aaron Lucander, MD-PhD graduate trainee, has been selected as a 2023 Kidney STARS award recipient by the American Society of Nephrology. He will receive the award at the ASN Kidney Week in Philadelphia November 2nd-5th. (https://www.asn-online.org/grants/travel/details.aspx?app=MSR)

and congrats to Olivia Johnston for winning the first place in the oral presentations in the Works in Progress category at UAB’s Undergraduate Research Expo this summer.

Bon Voyage party for Chris and John

Reflecting on a heartfelt send-off event, Lund-Randall Labs celebrated the achievements of two exceptional graduates, Chris Risley, Ph.D., and John Killian, MD.,Ph.D., expressing gratitude for their invaluable contributions during their time in the lab. Filled with reminiscing and well-wishes, the event highlighted the strong bonds and collaborative spirit that define our lab community. As they embark on new journeys, we extend our best wishes and eagerly await the continued positive impact they will bring.