Savita Pahwa is a physician scientist currently appointed as Professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology with secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida, USA. Dr Pahwa is a graduate of Lady Harding Medical College in New Delhi, India. She trained as an immunologist at the Memorial Hospital and Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City and directed the Allergy/Immunology Program at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, NY for several years. Currently she is Director of the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and head of the CFAR’s Laboratory Sciences Core and a member of the Miami Clinical Trials Unit for the ACTG and IMPAACT networks. Dr Pahwa has >300 publications including book chapters and has served on several HIV/AIDS review panels. One of her current scientific interests relates to the impact of inflammation in the context of HIV infection, aging, and comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease and neurologic impairment. To probe the immune system she has investigated immune responses to influenza vaccine in individuals of different ages with and without HIV infection. She is performing additional studies to understand underlying mechanisms impacting immunity in aging in the context of SIV infection in the non-human primate model. Dr Pahwa’ s research is supported by grants from the NIH.