Dr Nicholas Svitek is a biologist specialized in the field of virology and immunology. He joined ILRI in February 2014 as a scientist after completing a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at ILRI on reverse vaccinology and cellular immunity towards the parasite Theileria parva, the causative agent of East Coast fever (ECF). Prior to this, Nicholas had been working at Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) in the Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) research program as a research fellow in virology as well as a team leader for an international cooperation project in Mali, with the “Quebec without Borders” program. Nicholas holds Bachelor of Science (BSc)  and Master of Science (MSc)  degrees in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Montreal, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)  degree in Virology and Immunology from the “Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)-Institut Armand-Frappier (IAF)”, a member institute of the University of Quebec and of the "Institut Pasteur International Network". Nicholas brings to ILRI many years of experience studying viral infections and viral pathogenesis in animal models. Nicholas’ research interests revolve around the immune response towards vaccines and infectious pathogens, virus-host interactions, antigen delivery systems, and on the biology and pathogenesis of emerging viruses. His current projects are focused on the development of next-generation vaccines to induce cellular immune responses towards T. parva, bovine immunology assay development, African swine fever (ASF) virus vaccine development, Bluetongue virus (BTV) molecular epidemiology in sub-Saharan Africa, the molecular epidemiology of peste-des-petits-ruminants (PPR) virus, and on the immune response towards Rift Valley fever (RVF) virus vaccination.