Tania Watts, received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, followed by post-doctoral studies in the Chemistry department at Stanford University. Her post-doctoral work in the laboratory of Professor Harden McConnell used supported planar membranes and TIRF microscopy to study T cell-MHC II/peptide interaction. In 1986, Dr. Watts took up a faculty position at the University of Toronto in the Department of Immunology. Her research currently focuses on T lymphocytes and immunity to infection, particularly on the role of TNFR family members in control of viral infection and in lymphocyte and cancer cell survival. Dr. Watts is a past president of the Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) and in 2016 was the recipient of the CSI Cinader award. Dr. Watts is currently Professor of Immunology at the University of Toronto and director of the Faculty of Medicine Flow cytometry facility. Watts founded and directs the Toronto Human Immunology Network (http://humanimmunology.utoronto.ca), a FOCIS center of excellence. Watts currently holds the Sanofi Pasteur Chair in Human Immunology at the University of Toronto.
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