Scientific Advisory Board

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Nilu Goonetilleke, PhD

Associate Professor Nilu Goonetilleke is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She studies the immune cell response to several major human infections, such as HIV, and develops strategies to limit the causes and spread of disease.
Associate Professor Goonetilleke's research interests include understanding how T cell immunity contributes to control of infectious disease, vaccine-mediated immunity, immunotherapies, and autoimmunity.

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Andrew Badley, MD

Professor Andrew D. Badley, is Chair of the department of Molecular Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He is an infectious disease specialist, and an experienced physician-scientist and entrepreneur whose research focuses on novel therapeutic development, especially in the small-molecule, biologic, cellular and gene therapy space. He has deep experience in preclinical evaluation and prioritization.
Professor Badley is also director of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Laboratory, and is chair of the SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Task Force.

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Eric Hunter, PhD

Professor Eric Hunter is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. Until 2004 he was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was the founding Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research, guiding its growth over 16 years into one of the leading AIDS research institutions in the United States. He served until 2010 as Chair of the AIDS Vaccine Research Subcommittee, which provides advice and consultation on AIDS vaccine research to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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R. Paul Johnson, MD

Professor Paul Johnson is Director of the Emory National Primate Research Center. He most recently served as director of the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC), chairman of the NEPRC Division of Immunology and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. At Harvard Medical School he was Director of the Developmental Research Core for the Harvard Center for AIDS Research
Among his research interests is identification of immune responses that can protect people against HIV infection.