Paul Knopf

Brown University, USA

Paul Knopf gained his B.S. degree (in physics) in 1958 and a Ph.D. degree (in biophysics) in 1962 both from MIT. He works as a Charles A. and Helen B. Stuart Professor Emeritus at Brown University, Providence, USA, and as a Consultant at both EpiVax Inc. and the Center for International Health Research. He was significantly influenced by John Platt during his tenure as a Scholar-in-Residence at TSI (1969-1970). He stimulated many researchers to develop interests for vaccine development in tropical parasitic diseases. He organized small groups of scientists at TSI into workshops, each related to an urgent world health problem. He sought a faculty position in New England and was successful at the Division of Biology and Medicine, Brown University. Between 1978 and 1979, he spent a sabbatical year at the Walter-Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work in the immunoparasitology lab of G. Mitchell. He published several papers based on research he conducted or collaborated on with other parasitic diseases at WEHI. At the beginning of 1990, he began a collaboration with H. Cserr, who was a recognized physiologist studying lymphatic drainage. He initiated a study involving immune responses to antigens introduced behind the blood-brain barrier (BBB) which remained intact due to the preimplantation of a stainless steel cannula that allowed the incision to heal (restored BBB integrity) before using the cannula as an injection site.

Biography Updated on 30 May 2011

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