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S2: E27: A Dive into the Development of the HIV Vaccine

Season #2

Who has four paws, almost 200k followers on twitter and approximately 10 years of vaccine research experience? Todays special guest, Chise!

On previous episodes, Isaac and Cyn have had the honour to chat with members of our local community who are HIV positive and with the development of COVID-19 vaccines- the possibility of an HIV vaccine has emerged and became more of a reality.

In this episode of Hey, Cis! we have the great pleasure to chat with Chise, an American Senior Scientist in Vaccine Research and Development who is not only supporting the efforts to develop the HIV vaccine, but also to debunk myths and advocate for accurate, up to date science communication.

Chise (She/They) lives on the East Coast, USA and has been a Senior Scientist in Vaccine Research and Development for approximately 10 years. Her research focuses on uncovering mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and host immunity then applying that knowledge toward development of safer and more effective vaccines. Currently, her research efforts have been dedicated to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) as she helped develop and provide research for Moderna’s vaccine that was co-developed with NIAID.

Outside of the pandemic, her research efforts have been dedicated to studying MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, Zika, Ebola, DENV, HIV, RSV, Influenza, and other emerging pathogens.When she is not at work or conducting research, she utilizes her ‘fursonas’ and social media platforms to provide science communication on Twitter under @sailorrooscout to help aid people’s understanding of COVID-19 and the COVID vaccines. She also is a strong activist and member of the BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ community.


Hey, Cis! is a beyond binary conversation in being a better human.

We are about current affairs and gender-based issues affecting trans and non-binary youth, students and adults within our Maritime community.

We take on difficult topics; (and this week it is a difficult topic), breaking us out of the binary, smashing stigma and fostering greater connection between our cisgender community and trans, gender creative and non-binary community.

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Hey, Cis! thanks musical artist Craymo for our intro/extro song: Be Myself

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