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Fenna Sillé

Fenna is originally from Curaçao and currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Prof. Martyn Smith's lab. Research interest: the interaction between genetic and environmental factors that influence the human immune system and subsequent effects on disease risk. Fenna completed her Master's in Molecular Virology and Immunology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She completed her PhD thesis project on CD1 antigen presentation and NKT cells in the lab of Dr. Marianne Boes, at that time located at the Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Fenna received her PhD in Immunology from the Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She has worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher working on the functional genomics of follicular lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the lab of Dr. Christine Skibola, at the time located at UC Berkeley, CA. Fenna's current projects in the Genes & Environment Lab involve: 1) studying the effects of in utero and early-life arsenqic-exposure on immune development and function; 2) exploring the potential of epigenetic changes in immune cells as biomarkers of human arsenic exposure; and 3) characterizing the immunome as part of a collaborative multi-omics cohort study.