Sandhya Vasan, MD
Sandhya Vasan obtained her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before completing her MD at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard Medical School. After a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, she worked as a Henry Luce Foundation Fellow at the Communicable Disease Centre in Singapore, where she studied patterns of tuberculosis and HIV co-infection and worked with the National University of Singapore to conduct public health surveillance studies in rural Indonesia. From 2002-2011, Dr. Vasan conducted Phase 1 clinical trials of HIV vaccines and adjuvants and related immunology research at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and the Rockefeller University.
Dr. Vasan is currently the Science Director at the Department of Retrovirology, US Army Medical Component of the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) in Bangkok, Thailand. She works under the Henry M. Jackson Foundation as part of the US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP), which she joined in 2011.
In collaboration with the MHRP, the Thai Ministry of Public Health, the Royal Thai Army, Mahidol University Thai Red Cross, Chiang Mai University, and numerous academic research collaborators, Dr. Vasan conducts preventative vaccine trials in follow-up to the RV144 Phase 3 Clinical Trial, other preventative and therapeutic vaccine trials, and studies of potential cure in acute and early HIV infection. In parallel, she is Head of the Nonhuman Primate Laboratory to develop animal models to understand the mechanism of action of these vaccines and pursue novel HIV prevention strategies.