Michele A. Monteil, MB.BS, PhD

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership

    Professor of Immunology

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership

    Phase II Coordinator

Michele A Monteil, MB.BS, PhD is a Caribbean and British-trained Clinical Immunologist. She currently teaches Immunology and more general aspects of the scientific basis of clinical medicine to Year 1 and 2 medical students at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership. She is also involved in research on the immunology of ethnic disparities in breast cancer outcomes and has a small ongoing project on challenges facing basic science educators in medical education.


1977 BSc Biochemistry University of London
1984 MB.BS University of West Indies
1990 PhD Immunology University of London
1992 MSc Medical Immunology University of London


1993 Residency Westminster Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
1993 MRCPath (Clinical Immunology) Royal College of Pathologists, London, UK

Academic Appointments

1898-1991 Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Registrar, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London, UK
1991-1993 Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Senior Registrar, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London, UK
1993-1995 Senior Clinical Lecturer, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London, UK
1996-2010 Senior Lecturer in Immunology, Faculty of Medical Sciences-St. Augustine Campus, University of West Indies, Trinidad
2007-2008 Visiting Consultant, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Al Khod, Oman
2010-2011 Professor in Immunology, Faculty of Medical Sciences-St. Augustine Campus, University of West Indies, Trinidad
2011-Present Professor of Immunology, AU/UGA Medical Partnership

More About Michele Monteil

Michele Monteil, MB.BS, PhD joined the AU/UGA Medical Partnership in March 2011. Since then, she had worked assiduously to teach basic and clinical aspects of Immunology to medical students in Year 1 and 2.  Despite the challenges of teaching Immunology in a fully integrated curriculum, she has tried to engender enthusiasm and interest in the subject among her students and continues to experiment with new teaching approaches, such as the “flipped classroom”

Monteil joined the Partnership after teaching for almost 15 years at the Faculty of Medical Sciences- St. Augustine campus, of the University of the West Indies.  There she also provided outpatient clinical immunological services as well as in-patient consultancy. She was also Head of the Department of Para-Clinical Sciences for three years during this time.

She pursed her undergraduate medical education at the University of the West Indies, after achieving First Class Honors in Biochemistry from the Queen Elizabeth College, University of London.  She also returned to the United Kingdom, after her undergraduate medical training to continue training in Clinical Immunology, under Professor John Hobbs, at the Westminster Hospital and later at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. During her time there she obtained her PhD, where she focused on neutrophil responses to various infectious organisms, obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Immunology, and finally achieved her professional graduate qualification in Clinical Immunology from the Royal College of Pathologists (London).

  • Expertise & Interests

    • Allergy
    • Non-HIV Immune Deficiency
    • Autoimmune diseases
  • Selected Publications

    Publications in Refereed Journals:

    1. MONTEIL, MA & ANTOINE, R. African Dust and Asthma in the Caribbean- Medical & Statistical Perspectives. International Journal of Biometeorology, 2009; 53: 379-381[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    2. MONTEIL, MICHELE A Saharan dust clouds and human health in the English-speaking Caribbean: what we know and don’t know. Environmental Geochemistry & Health. 2008; 30: 339 – 343 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    3. WALKER S, MONTEIL M. PHELAN K, LASSERSON TJ, WALTERS EH. Anti-IgE for chronic asthma. Cochrane Database Syst.Rev. 2006 April 19; (2). CD003559. Review. PMID: 16625585 [PubMed - in process]

    4. MONTEIL MA, JOSEPH G, CHANGKIT C, WHEELER G, ANTOINE RM. Comparison of prevalence and severity of asthma among adolescents in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago: results of a nationwide cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health. 2005 Sep 14;5:96 PMID: 16162294 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    5. GYAN K, HENRY W, LACAILLE S, LALOO A, LAMSEE-EBANKS C, McKAY S, ANTOINE RM, MONTEIL MA. African dust clouds are associated with increased paediatric asthma accident and emergency admissions on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Int J Biometeorol. Jul;49(6):371-6. Epub 2005 Feb

    PMID: 15692817 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    6. Monteil MA, Joseph G, Changkit C, Wheeler G, Antoine RM.  Smoking at home is strongly associated with symptoms of asthma and rhinitis in children of primary school age in Trinidad and Tobago. Pan American Journal of Public Health 2004: 16(3): 193-8. PMID: 15507187 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    7. Brown TU, Nimrod M, Babb K, Carrington CVF, Salas R, Monteil MA. The 1996 Dengue Virus Serotype 1 Epidemic in Trinidad: An analysis of Laboratory Confirmed Cases. Dengue Bulletin, Volume 28, December 2004: 8-19.

    8. IVEY M, SIMEON D, MONTEIL MA. Climate Variables are Associated with Seasonal Acute Asthma Admissions to Accident & Emergency Room Facilities in Trinidad, West Indies. Clin. Exp.Allergy 2003, 33(11): 1526 – 1530 PMID: 14616864 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    9. MONTEIL MA, Dust Clouds and Spread of Infection (letter). Lancet 2002, 359 PMID: 11809225 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    10. IVEY M., HASSANALLY R., WILLIAMS KP., SIMEON D., JUMAN S., MONTEIL MA. Associations between climate variables and asthma visits to A&E centres in Trinidad, West Indies. Allergology International 2001, 50: 29-33

    11. MONTEIL MA., JUMAN S., HASSANALLY R., WILLIAMS KP., PIERRE L., RAHAMAN R., SINGH H., TRINIDADE A. Descriptive Epidemiology of Asthma in Trinidad, West Indies. J Asthma 2000, 37(8): 677-684  PMID: 11192232 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    12. BABB K., CARRINGTON CVF., MONTEIL M.  A preliminary study of neopterin as a potential marker for severe dengue virus infection. Trans Roy Soc Trop Med & Hyg 1999; 93: 447 –448 PMID: 10674101 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    13. MONTEIL M.A.  A review of asthma research in the English-speaking Caribbean. WIMJ 1998; 47(4): 125 – 128 PMID: 10097663 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 

    14. OBARO S., HUO Z., BANYA WA., HENDERSON DC., MONTEIL M.A., LEACH A., GREENWOOD BM. A glycoprotein pneumococcal conjugate vaccine primes for antibody responses to pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine in Gambian children. Pediatr Infect Dis J 1997; 16(12): 1135 – 40 PMID: 9427458 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    15. OBARO S., MONTEIL M.A., HENDERSON D.C.  The pneumococcal problem: a review.  BMJ 1996; 312: 1521 – 1525 PMID: 8646147 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    16. OBARO SK, HNEDERSON DC, MONTEIL MA. Defective antibody-mediated opsonisation of S. pneumoniae in high risk patients detected by flow cytometry. Immunol.Lett.1996Jan; 49(1-2): 83-9. PMID: 8964615 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    17. SUMMERFIELD J.A., RYDER S., SUMIYA M., THURSZ M., GORCKIN A., MONTEIL M.A., TURNER M.W.   Mannose binding protein gene mutations are associated with unusual and severe infections in adults. Lancet 1995; 345: 886 – 889 PMID: 7707811 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    18. LORTAN J.E., KANIUK A. St.C., MONTEIL M.A.  Relationship of in vitro phagocytosis of serotype 14 Streptococcus pneumoniae to specific class and IgG  subclass antibody levels in healthy adults. Clin. Exp. Immunol. 1993; 91: 54 – 57 PMID: 8419085 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

    19. KANIUK A., St. C., LORTAN J.E., MONTEIL M.A.  Specific IgG subclass antibody levels and phagocytosis of serotype 14 pneumococcus following  immunization. Scand.J.Immun. 1992; 36: Suppl. 11: 96 - 98. PMID: 1514059 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • Affiliations

    Member of the following:

    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

    British Society of Immunologists

    Clinical Immunology Society

    Royal College of Pathologists

    International Association of Medical Science Educators