Birk Evavold

MSTP in PhD Training

Program: Immunology

Current advisor: Ali H. Ellebedy, PhD

Undergraduate university: Emory University, 2019

Enrollment year: 2020

Research summary
Understanding affinity maturation throughout the germinal center reaction

This past summer I worked in the lab of Dr. Ali Ellebedy. During my rotation I studied how clones of B cell receptors underwent affinity maturation in the germinal center reaction after influenza vaccine. I aimed to characterize the dynamics and evolution of BCR clones. In addition, I learned how to clone and purify antibodies for in vitro analysis. I also learned how to use a mouse model of influenza infection to answer questions about a given antibody’s physiological properties.

Graduate publications