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San Antonio, TX, May 2021

Congratulations to Katie Clarke for successfully defending her master thesis. She was an outstanding master student and we are delighted she will continue to work in the Bunnik lab for at least a few more months as a Research Assistant.

We also want to congratulate her with winning the award for best poster presentation at the Robert A. Clark Frontiers of Translational Science Research Day.

San Antonio, TX, April 2021

After two rounds of competitive review, graduate student Raphael Reyes' abstract submitted to Translational Science 2021 was rated "the single most significant and innovative of nearly 500 abstracts submitted".

Congratuations Raphael, with this excellent achievement.

San Antonio, TX, March 2021

Graduate student Ashley Braddom has been selected as the 2021 Presidential Ambassador for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Congratulations on winning this prestigious scholarship award!

San Antonio, TX, February 2021

Dr. Bunnik was awarded her first R01 titled Defining conserved epitopes on polymorphic malaria antigens, which will fund the lab for the next five years.

San Antonio, TX, October 2020

Congratulations to first authors Raphael Reyes and Jake Gonzales with their publication in Frontiers in Immunology.

Gonzales SJ, Reyes RA, Braddom AE, Batugedara G, Bol S, Bunnik EM. Naturally acquired humoral immunity against Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Frontiers in Immunology (2020) 11:594653 [Review]
San Antonio, TX, August 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic early 2020, the Bunnik laboratory has been involved in research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing this disease. We have established collaborations with UT Health San Antonio physicians who have been part of large, multi-centered clinical trials to evaluate drug efficacy of for example Remdesivir and interferon-beta.

The main goal of our laboratory is to better understand the development and maintenance of the antibody response against SARS-CoV-2 over time. We have already tested plasma samples from about 70 recovered COVID-19 patients for the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 using an ELISA assay that was optimized by our lab.


To help increase the speed of novel developments, the Bunnik laboratory, in collaboration with the Dube laboratory, has been producing SARS-CoV-2 proteins using an advanced mammalian protein expression system for other researchers in San Antonio and we will continue to do so for as long as there is a demand.
San Antonio, TX, August 2020

Congratulations to first author Ashley Braddom with her publication in the International Journal for Parasitology.

Braddom AE, Batugedara G, Bol S, Bunnik EM. Potential functions of atypical memory B cells in Plasmodium-exposed individuals. International Journal for Parasitology (2020) [Review] in press
San Antonio, TX, May 2020

Raphael Reyes was awarded the prestigious NIH Translational Science Training TL1 award.


Meanwhile Ashley Braddom was selected to receive an NIH T32 training grant.

Congratulations to the both of you!
San Antonio, TX, May 2020

In the media: Angelo State alumnus Jake Gonzales combating the COVID-19 virus.

Click the image to read the news article.

San Antonio, TX, February & March 2020

After passing her qualifying exam last week, Ashley Braddom will present (oral) her results at the Keystone Conference "B Cell Renaissance: Epigenetics, Regulation and Immunotherapy".



Raphael Reyes will present (oral) his findings at the pre-meeting to the Gordon Research Conference "Antibody Biology and Engineering".

San Antonio, TX, November 2019

Ashley won 1st place for best oral presentation at the 8th Annual Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio Conference on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 November, 2019. Congratulations Ashley!

San Antonio, TX, December 2018

Dr. Bunnik has been selected to give an oral presentation at the Keystone Symposium "Molecular Approaches to Vaccines and Immune Monitoring" on February 11th, 2019.

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