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Meet the PI

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Ismael Ben Fofana, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Biology Department

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS vaccine, SIV/macaque model of AIDS, Phage Display and Antibody Engineering, Virus evolution and escape of antibody responses





A Bit About Me

Dr. Ismael Fofana was born in Côte d’Ivoire (Africa).  He has a multicultural background with experiences from Africa, Japan and the US. He is currently an Assistant Professor of the Practice at Boston College. He joined Boston College in 2012 as a Research Assistant Professor and became a Visiting Assistant Professor before transitioning to his current position.

He has a Doctorate degree in Genetics – Molecular Virology  from the University of Cocody (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire). He worked on his PhD Research Dissertation when he was a research scholar at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St-Louis Missouri, in collaboration with Washington University in St-Louis.


Prior to joining Boston College, he worked for 2 years as a Research Scientist at the Institute for Genetic Medicine in Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan). Thereafter, he spent over 4 years as a Research Fellow/Research Associate at the New England Primate Research (Harvard Medical School).


Other than Science, he is passionate about sports especially soccer. He is a die-hard Chelsea FC fan.

Work Experience






Research scholar (Ph.D. Dissertation Research)

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

St. Louis, Missouri

Research scientist

Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido University

Sapporo, Japan

Postdoctoral Research fellow

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School

Research Associate

Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology

New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School

Research Assistant Professor

Biology department, Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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