The cross-reactivity of human humoral and cellular immune responses to Burkholderia pseudomallei and avirulent Burkholderia species


  • Patpong Rongkard

    University of Oxford

Project summary

Patpong is a junior researcher at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. His current research interest focuses on human immune responses associated with the presence of environmental Burkholderia pseudomallei, a causative agent of melioidosis. His project aims to demonstrate cross-reactivity upon exposure to co-existing avirulent Burkholderia strains by characterisation of humoral- and cell-mediated immunity between sero-positive healthy cohorts and melioidosis patients using a broad spectrum of immunology based techniques such as functional antibody assays, multiparameter flow cytometry and cytokine-releasing assay by ELISPOT. Patpong's Fellowship supports his Master's in Immunology of Infectious Diseases at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

This grant was awarded under the scheme's previous name of Master's Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.