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After obtaining her degree in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development from the University of Minnesota, Katelyn Pastick worked in Africa on a number of projects to improve the lives of individuals infected with HIV. During her summer research project, Katelyn again traveled to Kampala, Uganda, to participate in a translational research project directed by Drs. Kirsten Nielsen and Marc Jenkins that examines the polyclonal CD4 T cell response to Cryptococcus neoformans infection in HIV + patients. Using a PCR-based assay to type HLA alleles, Katelyn established that in this African population HLA DRB1*13 alleles were only rarely used, suggesting that peptide-MHCII tetramer design will be more complex.