Research expertise

Wim Jennes graduated as a bio-engineer in chemistry at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1998. He obtained a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Antwerp in 2003. He started PhD research at the Unit of Immunology of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in 1999, studying the role of T-cell responses in resistance to HIV infection among exposed seronegative female sex workers in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Wim is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Unit of Immunology involved in projects related to resistance to HIV infection and HIV pathogenesis. He also contributes to the unit's capacity strengthening activities with the Laboratory of Immunology at the CHU Le Dantec in Dakar, Senegal.



  • HIV-specific T-cell responses in resistance to infection and disease progression: relationship with sexual exposure, differences between HIV-1 and HIV-2.
  • Restriction factors APOBEC3G, TRIM5alpha and tetherin in resistance to HIV infection: SNP and expression analysis.
  • NK cells and KIR/HLA polymorphism in resistance to HIV infection and disease progression: genetic association studies and NK cell function

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