• Portrait of Ma Luo.
  • Adjunct professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    Max Rady College of Medicine
    745 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada

    Phone: 204-789-5072
    ma.luo@umanitoba.ca or ma.luo@canada.ca

Cross appointments

Does not hold any cross appointments.

Research achievements

Research summary

Dr. Ma Luo is a renowned scientist whose research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of resistance and susceptibility to HIV infection. She is particularly interested in the interplay between host genetics and viruses such as HIV, influenza, and SARS-CoV-2.

Currently, Dr. Luo is leading two major research programs. The first program is focused on evaluating and optimizing a novel HIV vaccine targeting sequences surrounding the 12 protease cleavage sites. This vaccine, known as the PCS vaccine, has the potential to revolutionize HIV prevention efforts by providing a new approach to immunization.

The second research program investigates the role of FREM1/TILRR mediated inflammation in susceptibility to HIV infection, as well as in severe responses to SARS-CoV-2 and H1N1 infection. Dr. Luo and her team are working to uncover the molecular mechanisms of this inflammation and how it contributes to viral infection and disease severity.

Dr. Luo's research has broad implications for improving global health by developing new vaccines and therapies for HIV, influenza, and other viral infections. Her work is based on a multidisciplinary approach that includes genetic analysis, molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics. Dr. Luo is a leading figure in the field of medical microbiology and infectious diseases, and her contributions have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades throughout her career.

  • Keywords

    • The PCS vaccine
    • TILRR and inflammation
    • HLA and KIR
    • Host and virus interactions
    • HIV vaccine development
    • Host genetics and pathogenesis
    • Preclinical evaluations of candidate vaccines
  • Research affiliations

    • Research scientist, HIV and Host Genetics, National Microbiology Laboratory


Dr. Ma Luo is an adjunct professor at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. She is a also research scientist at the HIV and Host Genetics laboratory at the National Microbiology Laboratory and a scientist at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), where she has conducted groundbreaking research in the areas of HIV vaccine development, host genetics, and pathogenesis.

Dr. Luo obtained her PhD from the University of Manitoba in 1987, after which she embarked on a career in scientific research that has spanned over two decades.

Dr. Luo's contributions to the scientific community have been widely recognized, and she has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. She is a sought-after speaker and has presented her research at numerous international conferences and symposia.


PhD, University of Manitoba (1987)

Master of science, Chinese University of Science and Technology (1982)

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Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room 543 - 745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada