Bali Pulendran, MD, PhD

Dr. Bali Pulendran MD, PhD is a Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Director of the Innate Immunity Program, and the NIH U19 Center for Systems Vaccinology, at the Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University in Atlanta. He received his undergraduate degree (BA Hons) from Cambridge University, and his Ph.D from the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, in Melbourne Australia, under the supervision of Sir Gustav Nossal. He then did his post-doctoral work at Immunex Corporation in Seattle. Dr. Pulendran’s work focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which the innate immune system regulates adaptive immunity and harnessing such mechanisms in the design of novel vaccines. More recently, his laboratory pioneered the use of systems biological approaches to predicting the efficacy of vaccines, and deciphering new correlates of protection against infectious diseases. Dr. Pulendran’s research is published in front line journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Medicine, Nature Immunology, Immunity. Furthermore, Dr. Pulendran is the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, and from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is the recipient of two concurrent MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health.