2nd Annual Symposium of the
San Antonio Vaccine Development Center
Dr. Rafi Ahmed, Professor and Director of the Emory Vaccine Center |
As a basic immunologist, Emory Vaccine Center Director Dr. Rafi Ahmed studies immunological memory, the ability of the immune system to remember a particular antigen and respond accordingly. Dr. Ahmed and his colleagues have made significant discoveries about how immune memory cells are created and how long they survive; understanding these mechanisms is crucial to the development of vaccines for HIV and other infectious agents. In addition to contributing vitally to vaccine science, Dr. Ahmed's findings are being applied to research into therapies for the treatment of cancer and the prevention of organ rejection.
Dr. Ahmed holds the title of Georgia Research Alliance Scholar in Vaccine Research and is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Emory University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Harvard University. Before coming to Emory in 1995, he was a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.
Dr. Scott Hultgren, Helen L. Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University Molecular Imaging Center |
Scott Hultgren is the Helen Lehbrink Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis where he also serves as the inaugural Director of the Center for Women’s Infectious Disease Research. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He received his undergraduate education at Indiana University, his Ph.D. at Northwestern University in Chicago, and his postdoctoral training at Umeå University in Sweden under the tutelage of Staffan Normark. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has been honored with a Distinguished Investigator Award at Washington University. He received the Eli Lilly award (1998), the preeminent Microbiology award granted for individuals younger than 40. In 2012 he was received "The Fellows Award" that recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in science by the St. Louis Science Academy. He was the Co-Chair of National Conference sponsored by ORWH/NIH and Washington University, “Moving into the Future: New Dimensions and Strategies for Women’s Health Research.” Other honors include a Nobel Fellowship; an NIH Merit grant; an honorary Doctor of Philosophy at Umeå University in Sweden, a Shipley Lecturership at Harvard University and Chairmanship of a Gordon Conference on Microbial Attachment. Further, he has been recognized as Course Master of the Year and Academic Women’s Network Mentor of the Year in honor of his dedication to teaching. Dr. Hultgren has mentored more than 50 individuals as pre- or post-doctoral trainees; fostering their success in establishing their own professional careers.