Michael A Schotsaert

Michael A Schotsaert, PhD

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Microbiology

Research Topics:

Aging, Antivirals, B Cells, Dendritic Cells, Diabetes, Immunology, Influenza Virus, Interferon, Knockout Mice, Macrophage, Microbiology, Mucosal Immunology, Obesity, SARS Virus, Staphylococcus Aureus, T Cells, Vaccine Development, Viruses and Virology

Dr. Schotsaert obtained a master’s degree in bio-engineering (2003), a master’s degree in molecular medical biotechnology (2004) and a PhD in molecular biotechnology (2011) from Ghent University (Belgium). In 2013 he joined the lab of Dr. Adolfo García-Sastre for postdoctoral work as an immunologist and vaccinologist and has since established different vaccination and infection models (BSL2, BSL3 and BSL3+). Dr. Schotsaert’s work focuses on influenza, ZIKA and SARS-CoV-2 viruses and he has over fifteen years of experience with studying host-pathogen interactions in preclinical infection models to immunologically characterize and validate candidate vaccines, adjuvants and antiviral treatments. From an immunological point of view, his research focuses on the interplay and cross-talk between innate and adaptive immune responses during virus infection. Since January 2020, the Schotsaert laboratory is established in the Department of Microbiology and the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and together with his team he continues to study host-immune responses to infection and vaccination in the context of comorbidities like obesity, diabetes and advanced age.

Multi-Disciplinary Training Area

Microbiology [MIC]

Education

PhD in molecular biotechnology, Ghent University

master's in bio-engineering sciences, Ghent University

master's in molecular medical biotechnology, Ghent University