Emmanuel has just begun training as a graduate student in the Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (PEMM). Currently he is working with Timothy Lahey in the HIV Immunology research laboratory, with interest in describing the impact that semen may have on the phenotype of immune cells, and ultimately on HIV-1 infectivity of target cells. Preliminary studies that they conducted demonstrated an inherent ability of semen to lower the surface expression of CD4 receptors on T-lymphocytes and subsequently reduce HIV-1 infectivity of these cells.

In the future, he is expecting to further investigate the impact that semen may have on cells of the female reproductive tract and HIV-1 transmission, thereafter. Findings from these studies have a potential to open up novel approaches in prevention of heterosexual transmission of HIV-1.

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Kim Mwamelo

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Kim Mwamelo, MPH '17, leads the TDI graduation procession at Dartmouth's Commencement ceremony.