Dr Catherine Riou

Division of Medical Virology

Dr Catherine Riou PhD (Lyon, France)

- Chief Research Officer, Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology
- Contributing investigator to the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa)
- Full member at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
- EDCTP Senior Fellow

Catherine Riou is an infectious disease immunologist. Her research interests include the investigation of:

1) Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-specific T-cell responses across the spectrum of tuberculosis infection

2) the impact of HIV-co-infection on host immune response against Mtb

3) SARS-CoV-2-specific T-cell responses in the context of natural infection and vaccination

She co-leads with Prof Burgers the Clinical Cellular Immunology Platform, a hub for vaccine evaluation (T cell immunogenicity endpoints), clinical immunology research and capacity building, for new and existing pathogens and future epidemics and pandemics.

Her projects are in part of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) programme supported by the EuropeanEDCTP Union (TMA2017SF-1951): https://publications.edctp.org/international-partnerships-against-infectious-diseases/catherine-riou

Key expertise: Infectious diseases (HIV/Mtb/SARS-CoV-2) - T cell immunology - Immune Memory - T cell lineage commitment - Flow Cytometry 

Selected publications:

See publications and profile on National Library of Medicine and Research Gate

Contact details:

Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative
Room WBN 2.09
Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
Observatory 7925

Tel:  +27 21 650 5393
email: cr.riou@uct.ac.za 

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