Join us for the virtual Cambridge Public Library event “Can we cure the incurable? Our lab’s mission to combat HIV” featuring members of the Yu & Lichterfeld Labs on Tuesday, June 7 at 6pm ET! Register at

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Benjamin Bone graduated with his Ph.D from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, specializing in the innate immune system and the Influenza virus. He is now working as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Yu/Lichterfeld lab investigating HIV and SIV reservoir dynamics. 

Dr. Xu Yu is a core member of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her laboratory focuses on understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the immune control of viral infection. Her recent work on viral reservoir profiles in HIV elite controllers was selected as one of the nine runners-up to the 2020 breakthrough of the year by Science magazine. 

Aischa Niesar is an international PhD candidate in the Yu & Lichterfeld lab at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard studying a unique cohort of children living with HIV in Botswana.

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