Division Chief (Retired 2012)
James G. Else, DVM, MPVM, received his degrees from the University of California, Davis and completed a two-year nonhuman primate residency at the California National Primate Research Center. Before joining the Yerkes Research Center, Dr. Else served as Director at the Institute of Primate Research in Kenya where he developed an extensive nonhuman primate-focused biomedical research program. He has a strong track record of developing programs, securing funding and establishing collaborative research.
As Division Chief for Animal Resources, Dr. Else is responsible for all animal care and use programs at the Yerkes Research Center. Dr. Else’s current focus is the provision of an optimal environment for Yerkes, Emory and outside investigators to undertake nonhuman primate based biomedical and behavioral studies at Yerkes. He actively collaborates in experimental design and directs the animal-based component of the studies. He also studies intra- and inter-species disease transmission and control, both in the laboratory and in the field, with a focus on retroviruses and SIV pathogenesis in natural hosts.
Dr. Else collaborates with a number of researchers at Yerkes, including Drs. Zach Johnson and Guido Silvestri.
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