Immunology

Drs. Eleanor Fish, Immunology, UofT and Kirtika Patel, Immunology, Moi University.

Drs. Eleanor Fish, Immunology, UofT and Kirtika Patel, Immunology, Moi University.

Immunology is the biomedical science field that studies the immune system of organisms. Education and research in this field is critical to the development of good health professionals and health systems.

Professor Eleanor Fish, of U of T’s Department of Immunology and a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Health & Immunobiology, has been involved with AMPATH-UofT since 2011.

During her visits to Eldoret she teaches disease-relevant immunology to medical trainees, nursing students, undergraduate immunology students and graduate immunology students and assists with curriculum development for MUCHS Department of Immunology.

She has been appointed as a Visiting Professor to the Department of Immunology at Moi University, with the mandate to work with faculty and students to provide information on most recent advances in immunology as relevant to health and diseases in Kenya and throughout Africa. Her scope of work has expanded to help with curriculum development for the MSc program and, most recently, to help with establishing dedicated research facilities for a PhD program. She also mentors faculty of the Department of Immunology at Moi University.

Areas covered:

  1. Introduction to Immunology: immune cell populations, cytokines, cytokine regulation of immune cell responses, cytokine regulation of immune cell development, cytokine regulation of inflammation.
  2. Immunodeficiency Diseases.
  3. Host-pathogen interactions: focusing on virus infections.

Principal Activities:

  1. Educate undergraduate and graduate students, medical trainees, nursing students.
  2. Evaluate Dept. of Immunology graduate program on an ongoing basis.
  3. Co-supervise Dept. of Immunology M.Sc. Students.
  4. Establish an annual research exchange program.