Dr. Fowke received his PhD in Medical Microbiology (1995) from the University of Manitoba (UM) and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (1995-1999). In 1999 he was recruited to the UM’s Department of Medical Microbiology and is currently a full professor and the Head of the Department. He is also cross appointed with the Department of Community Health Science (UM) and the University of Nairobi’s Department of Medical Microbiology. Dr. Fowke’s laboratory focuses on defining cellular immune mechanisms for the control of, and resistance to, HIV infection. Currently the lab is focused on preventing HIV infections by inducing immune quiescence using anti-inflammatory agents and defining the impact of sex work on the immune response in the female genital tract. Dr. Fowke has a particular interest in training young investigators and, in addition to supervising a number of graduate student and post-doctoral fellows, has helped organize a number of national and international workshops for young investigators and is principal investigator for the CIHR International Infectious Disease and Global Health Training Program.