DIVINCI Study Team

The Dissection of Influenza Vaccination and Infection for Childhood Immunity Consortium, or DIVINCI, is a study led by investigators at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Michigan. The DIVINCI study looks at the effect influenza infection and vaccination have on a child’s developing immune system. Researchers examine how flu infection and flu vaccines alter the body’s immune response to the virus over time in hopes of identifying potential advances in boosting immunity to influenza.

The DIVINCI study is enrolling about 3,000 children from three geographically distinct locations around the world.

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Cohort Sites

Managua, Nicaragua


In Managua, Nicaragua, the Health Center Sócrates Flores Vivas works with investigators at the Sustainable Sciences Institute and the University of Michigan to bring screening for respiratory viruses to the community. Influenza studies have been a part of this community for more than eight years. This cohort is enrolling infants into the DIVINCI consortium to contribute to the study of influenza in the developing immune system.

Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand

The WellKiwis study is a member of the SHIVERS project family, or the Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance. Located in Wellington, New Zealand, the Lead Maternity Center and ESR works to enroll pregnant mothers and newborn infants into the WellKiwis study to participate in the DIVINCI consortium. Find more information on the WellKiwis study.

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Researchers at CHLA enroll infants into the DIVINCI study at CHLA and participating local health care sites to contribute to the DIVINCI consortium. Find more information on the CHLA DIVINCI study.



A number of research teams make up the DIVINCI consortium. Investigators are heavily involved in recruiting study participants and studying the samples in the scientific research.

    • Aubree Gordon, PhD

      Aubree Gordon, PhD


      Epidemiology Department
      School of Public Health
      University of Michigan

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    • Sue Huang

      Sue Huang, PhD


      Wellington, New Zealand

    • Pia Pannaraj

      Pia Pannaraj, MD


      Pediatric Infectious Diseases 
      Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

    • Angel Balmaseda

      Angel Balmaseda, MD


      Sustainable Sciences Institute
      Managua, Nicaragua

    • Paul G. Thomas, PhD

      Immunology Department
      St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    • Benjamin A. Youngblood, PhD

      Department of Immunology
      St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    • Andrea J. Sant

      Andrea J. Sant, PhD


      Department of Microbiology and Immunology
      University of Rochester (New York) Medical Center

    • Katherine Kedzierska

      Katherine Kedzierska, PhD


      Department of Microbiology and Immunology
      University of Melbourne (Australia)

    • Yoshi Kawaoka

      Yoshi Kawaoka, PhD


      Department of Pathobiological Sciences
      University of Wisconsin-Madison

    • Patrick Wilson

      Patrick Wilson, PhD


      Department of Medicine
      University of Chicago

    • Taia Wang

      Taia Wang, MD, PhD


      Medicine/Infectious Diseases
      Stanford University

    • Florian Krammer

      Florian Krammer, PhD


      Department of Microbiology
      Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
      New York, New York


    • Ali Ellebedy

      Ali Ellebedy, PhD


      Department of Pathology & Immunology
      Washington University in St. Louis
      St. Louis, Missouri

    • Rafi Ahmed

      Rafi Ahmed, PhD


      Department of Microbiology and Immunology
      Emory University School of Medicine
      Atlanta, Georgia

    • Rustom Antia

      Rustom Antia, PhD


      Department of Biology
      Emory University
      Atlanta, Georgia

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