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Bali Pulendran, PhD

Yerkes Researcher

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Director of the Innate Immunity Program
Emory Vaccine Center

Phone: 404-727-8945

Fax: 404-727-8199


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Bali Pulendran, PhD, focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which the innate immune system regulates adaptive immunity and harnessing such mechanisms in the design of novel vaccines against global pandemics. More recently, he has begun to apply systems biological approaches to predicting the efficacy of vaccines, and deciphering new correlates of protection against infectious diseases.  

Dr. Pulendran's NIH-funded Center for Systems Vaccinology has as its goal to uncover molecular signatures of vaccine efficacy in humans, which will guide the design and rapid evaluation of new vaccines.

Dr. Pulendran’s research is published in front line journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Immunology and The Journal of Experimental Medicine. Furthermore, Dr. Pulendran is the recipient of numerous grants from the NIH and from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Clinical Investigation and The Journal of Immunology, serves on the AIDS Vaccine Research Subcommittee and is frequently invited to speak in the plenary sessions of many national and international conferences.

Dr. Pulendran received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and his doctorate from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne Australia, under the supervision of Sir Gustav Nossal. He completed his postdoctoral work at Immunex Corporation in Seattle.

In the News: The September 17, 2015, issue of Nature features an article about Human Immune Profiling. Emory's systems vaccinology work is prominently featured. Also, a March 2014 Nature article provides detailed information about Dr. Pulendran's research.


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