VIDO-InterVac

Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization -
International Vaccine Centre

Heather L. Wilson

Acting Program Manager - Vaccine Formulation & Delivery

Dr. Heather L. Wilson completed her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan and joined VIDO-InterVac as a Research Scientist in 2006. Her current research focus involves using intrauterine immunization to promote mucosal immunity, using pig as an animal model. Pigs are ideal because a sow’s cervix is permissive to catheters during standing estrous and they are routinely artificially inseminated using this procedure. Her other research areas include filling the fundamental gap in our knowledge of the permeability of the neonatal piglet gut and to capitalize on its semi-permeable state to develop mucosal vaccines. She also researches adjuvant mechanism of action and vaccine formulation.

Research Interests:

  • Design of novel mucosal vaccines
  • Determine the regional and age-dependent differences in intestinal permeability to macromolecules and maternal cells
  • Vaccine adjuvant mechanism of action

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