Lab trainees won top poster award in both senior and junior category at the 2023 Vaccine Lecture and Symposium on Oct. 11, 2023

The 2023 Drucilla Russ-Jackson and Dorothy Olivery Vaccine Lecture and Symposium was held on Oct. 11, 2023 at the Alys Stephens Center. Ungergraduate trainee Olivia Johnston won the top poster award in junior category and Eddie-Williams Owiredu in senior category with an award of $100 each. 

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. (

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.