Kenneth Oestreich recognized with international award

Kenneth Oestreich, Ph.D.

Kenneth Oestreich, Ph.D.

Kenneth Oestreich, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was honored as this year’s Pfizer-Showell Travel Award winner for the annual meeting of the American Association of Immunologists. The prize pays for Oestreich to attend the Immunology 2015 conference, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana in May.

Oestreich, as the award recipient, will also present his research during a symposium. He and his team recently discovered that two key immune system cell types, once thought to be fully independent, actually depend upon internal and external factors to maintain their identities. If conditions shift, the two cell types can morph into one another to bolster the body’s immune system. Oestreich continues to study how to encourage better and stronger immune system cell responses to help vaccines become more effective.

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