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As a molecular immunologist and physician, Dr. Scott is interested in the peptide recognition profile of antibody responses, particularly those elicited by natural infection and vaccination, and their application in the development of vaccines. One of her research goals is to create a protective vaccine that will elicit broadly-neutralizing antibodies against HIV-1.
Dr Scott’s work focuses on the molecular basis for antigen recognition by antibodies using peptides as probes of these interactions. With peptide libraries, she has investigated the molecular basis of peptide mimicry, and the ability of select peptides to induce antibody responses that recognize a target antigen. She is applying this approach to better understand the antibody response during HIV-1 infection, and to design vaccines that will target the production of neutralizing antibodies against conserved sites on HIV-1.
This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.