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25 Oct 2019

An Academic Delegation From National Laboratory Astana To Visit HKU-Pasteur

Hein Min Tun hosted an academic delegation led by Professor Almagul Kushugulova from National Laboratory Astana and Nazarbayev University, Republic of Kazakhstan, to discuss potential collaborations for microbiome research and to visit our infrastructures.

Roberto Bruzzone, co-director at HKU-Pasteur, and Hein Min Tun are also invited to discuss collaboration projects and to join a conference in May 2020 at the National Labratory Astana.

23 Oct 2019

A Pleasant Retreat In Spain For The Institut Pasteur Department Of Cell Biology And Infection

From October 3rd to 5th Institut Pasteur held it's Cell Biology and Infection retreat in Spain, in the pleasant and warm surroundings of Sant Feliu de Guixols. 

Three days of fruitful exchange and various presentations within Institut Pasteur International Network members, where HKU-Pasteur was represented by Roberto Bruzzone and Sumana Sanyal. 

16 Oct 2019

A visit at the Kitasato Institute

Sophie Valkenburg was invited in Japan to visit the Kitasato Institute in Tokyo, where she was hosted by Stewart Cole, President of Institut Pasteur, and Hidero Kitasato for a joint symposium with the Institut Pasteur International Network.
During her time in Japan, Sophie was invited to visit the spectacular Kitasato Memorial Museum, built to honor the life and achievements of Shibasaburo Kitasato, brilliant physician and bacteriologist that learned under Robert Koch, and invented an anaerobic culture system to isolate clostridium tetani. Kitasato had a lot of respect for Louis Pasteur and sent urns to Pasteur as a present which are kept in the Pasteur Museum crypt in Paris.

15 Oct 2019

Nipah Virus International Conference: 20 Years After Identification, What Are The Latest Developments?

The Nipah Virus International Conference will be held in Singapore on the 9th and 10th of December, 2019, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Nipah virus identification. 
Since first being identified in Malaysia and Singapore in 1999, the Nipah virus has gone on to cause a number of deadly outbreaks across South and Southeast Asia. In light of its epidemic potential and with no vaccines or treatments currently available, the zoonotic disease is listed on the WHO’s R+D Blueprint as a priority pathogen in need of urgent action.
To mark the 20th anniversary since the discovery of Nipah, an international scientific congress will be held to bring researchers and practitioners together to review the historic outbreaks, discuss the latest developments in diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, and foster greater international collaboration.
The organising committee of the Nipah Virus International Conference (NIPAH 2019) invites you to submit abstracts of original and most up-to-date research related to the Nipah virus. Travel awards are also available for participants from low and middle income countries. A list of LMICs can be found on here. Travel awards are based on scientific merit and evaluated by the scientific committee. Up to 20 travel awards of US$500 each with a waiver of the registration fee will be awarded.
For more details, please contact: [email protected]

13 Sep 2019

Institut Pasteur Cambodia is looking for a new Postdoctoral Scientist

Institut Pasteur Cambodia seeks a motivated Postdoctoral Scientist to study adaptive immune responses during flavivirus infection in Institut Pasteur funded project.
An Institut Pasteur funded postdoctoral position is available in the Immunology Unit of Dr. Tineke Cantaert at Institut Pasteur Cambodia to study adaptive immune responses during flavivirus infection. Our research is driven by the hypothesis that proper control of host adaptive immune responses are needed for a favorable clinical outcome during secondary flavivirus infection in humans. Appropriate cohort design and our location in a flavivirus endemic region enables us to explore new avenues of research.
The researcher will be involved in molecular characterization of human B and T cell responses during flavivirus infection. The successful candidate holds a PhD in life science and has a strong track record in the analysis of human adaptive immune responses and substantial molecular biology experience. Expertise in NGS and/or immunosequencing data analysis is a prerequisite for this function.
The Institute Pasteur Cambodia provides cutting edge biomedical research in bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology and epidemiology on pathogens endemic to South-East Asia. Institute Pasteur Cambodia is part of the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN), located in 26 countries on five continents, united by a shared mission to improve human health trough biomedical research. Present in numerous endemic areas, the network is a demonstrated fore player in identification and characterization of emerging infectious diseases.
The successful candidate will be part of a team of international researchers and participate in international research programs in a highly competitive scientific environment. Our Unit has strong collaborations within the IPIN, hence, mobility of the candidate is a highly favored.
The position is full time for minimum 2 years with the possibility of prolongation and will start March
2020. Salary is competitive to international standards and includes expatriate package.
Please send your application via email with CV, motivation letter, a brief outline of previous research, and contact details of two references to Tineke Cantaert ([email protected]). More information can be found on and

10 Sep 2019

A glance into the past in Singapore!

It is always nice to see our alumni! The Options for the Control of Influenza meeting in Singapore was the occastion for the reunion of 2010 HKU-Pasteur Virology course students with Malik Peiris, HKU-Pasteur's Co-Director.

It is very inspiring to see everyone's the achievments. Shashank Tripathy, which was the major of the 2010 Virology course and gave a seminar at the School of Public Health in HKU earlier this week, is now Assistant Professor in the Microbiology and Cell Biology Department of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Sandy Mak works for the National Public Health Laboratory in Singapore as a Scientific Officer and Naning Agustiningsih is a Junior Researcher at the National Institute of Health Research and Development, Jakarta, Indonesia.

HKU-Pasteur's courses are a unique opportunity for participants to build a strong and long-lasting network with students from all over the world and an international faculty of leading scientists. Join our LinkedIn group and the dedicated Facebook group! 

From left to right, Naning Agustiningsih, Sandy Mak, Shashank Tripathy and Malik Peiris. 

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