A seminar on “Mucosal immunity in the respiratory tract: Control of mycobacterial infections” was held on 20th April 2013 at Kamaluddin Ahmed Gallery, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka. The speaker of the talk was Prof. Carmen Fernandez, an immunologist from Stockholm University, Sweden. She talked about the properties of the mucosal immune system and discussed the advancements in the development of mucosal vaccines for the protection and treatment against mycobacterial infections. She is currently visiting Bangladesh for a collaborative project between Dhaka University and ICDDR,B.
Prof. Carmen Fernandez has been a professor since 2000 at the Department of Immunology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden. She is Professor in Immunology, and the leader of a group with long standing scientific experience related to tolerance induction in B cells and the mechanisms leading to B cell activation and memory using experimental mouse model. Her work deals mainly with various aspects of the humoral immune response, B cell activation, induction of memory and the influence of aging in the immune system. One important aspect of her research is to understand the role of innate immunity in resistance and pathogenesis of Mycobacterium infections in patients and experimental models of infection. Along with her associates she studied the importance of TLR (Toll like Receptor) in the defense against primary mycobacterial infection and in the maintenance in the host-bacilli equilibrium in the chronic infection. Under her guidance several European projects were run since 2004. She is the author of many publications with a good number of citations.