Virtual Think Science: How vaccines work

Event Date & Time

May 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.


Event Details:
More than 100 years after Louis Pasteur developed vaccines for diseases such as chicken pox, cholera and anthrax, modern science has been able to eliminate or greatly lessen many communicable diseases through the use of vaccines. But even today, some people are unclear on how vaccines work.

At this virtual Think Science event, the vaccination process, how it works and what goes into the making of modern vaccines will be discussed.

Moderated by Texas Public Radio's Bioscience and Medicine Reporter, Bonnie Petrie, this event will be held live, online via GoToMeeting.

On the panel: 

Evelien Bunnik, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UT Health San Antonio

Karl Klose, Ph.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio

Joanne Turner, Ph.D., Texas Biomedical Research Institute

After registering for the event, you will be emailed a link to join in at noon on Friday, May 22.

Register now

About the Speaker(s)


Evelien M. Bunnik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

Dr. Bunnik is fascinated by host-pathogen interactions, in particular the interplay between host immune responses and immune evasion strategies of the infectious agent. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, where she studied neutralizing antibody responses in HIV-infected individuals over the course of infection. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California in Riverside, she took a functional genomics approach to studying gene regulation in the most deadly human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. Her current work is focused on understanding protective immunity to malaria to facilitate the design of an effective malaria vaccine.