Keynote Presentation on Covid-19

Dr. Nicole Ramlachan

“De-Mystifying Covid-19 Vaccination: Does It Offer Hype or Hope to End This Pandemic”

Presented by Dr Nicole Ramlachan:

The theme of this year’s Research Symposium is “Relevant Research for Sustainable Development” and typically, when we consider sustainability, we think of the economy, society, and the environment. These factors are essential in creating societies that support healthy, productive, safe, and happy lives for all. In fact, the health of a population is a key criterion of society’s management of the living environment. During the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to millions of deaths, has negatively affected many more lives in terms of physical and mental health, and has also decimated economies. Dr Ramlachan’s presentation on the currently available Covid-19 vaccines depicts high-level virology and epidemiology research in an accessible manner. Her presentation is representative of the relevance of the work of UTT researchers to our everyday lives. Research on the Covid-19 pandemic is one of the many ways that the faculty at UTT are using their knowledge to help drive discussion and research that can lead to an equitable and positive human experience for our country, the Caribbean, and the world.

Academic Bio

Dr. Nicole Ramlachan, holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Genetics from the University of Guelph, in Canada. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Immunogenetics from Texas A&M University in the USA. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Genetics at Purdue University. Dr Ramlachan has extensive experience in research in the areas of genetics, specifically in the areas of immunogenetics, clinical genetics and genomics, bacterial and viral biotechnology, forensic DNA analyses and molecular biology. She has worked with the Ministerial-appointed DNA Committee for implementation of the Administration (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Act, 2012 in Trinidad and Tobago. She is involved in genetic testing locally, including SARS-Cov-2 testing and research, and has completed several YouTube sessions on Covid-19 vaccination with  UTT, as well as interviews and lectures with Government agencies and private institutions locally and regionally. She has spent the last twenty-five (25) years doing teaching and research in seven countries, in academia and private companies, as well as for the US and Canadian Federal Governments and international agencies based in Central and South America. Dr. Ramlachan has also had tissue culture experience particularly in stem cell isolation and differentiation, and has worked on virology and microbiology projects with research models studying bacterial and HIV/retroviral infection, as well as in the production of monoclonal antibodies and production of vaccines. In addition, she has set up laboratories in Trinidad, Guyana and Latin America. She also holds memberships in several international organisations and continues to give invited lectures internationally. 

Presently, Dr. Ramlachan is a Clinical Geneticist and an Associate Professor in Biotechnology at UTT.