, PhD student, recently received a Grant from the Wiener-Anspach Foundation
, whose aim is to promote educational relationships between the Université Libre de Bruxelles
and the Universities of Oxford
, UK, by offering Research Fellowships and Postgraduate Scholarships, to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Alison Simmons at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine
(University of Oxford
, United Kingdom). During her PhD conducted under the supervision of Dominique De Wit and Fabienne Willems, Bénédicte Danis identified a new molecular defect in plasmacytoid dendritic from human newborns. This defect results in an impaired production of interferon-alpha, an important mechanism of host defense against viral infections.