Pandemic Influenza Vaccines

February 1, 2016
12:00 PM
Kanta Subbarao, MBBS, MPH
Chief and Senior Investigator Emerging Respiratory Viruses Section, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6
Kanta Subbarao, MBBS, MPH, will present a special seminar, “Pandemic Influenza Vaccines,” at 12 p.m., on Monday, February 1, in Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6. Dr. Subbarao is a senior investigator and chief of the Emerging Respiratory Viruses Section of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The seminar is sponsored by the Center for Vaccine Research and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine, and cohosted by Thomas Smithgall, PhD, William S. McEllroy Professor of Biochemistry and chair of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; and Patrick Moore, MD, MPH, Pittsburgh Foundation Professor of Innovative Cancer Research and Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

Dr. Subbarao’s research focuses on emerging viral diseases of global importance, especially influenza. She has explored the pathogenesis of influenza and development of vaccines against pandemic strains of influenza and other viral pathogens. She and colleagues work to identify and prioritize potential pandemic strains of influenza and evaluate candidate vaccine viruses in animal models. Her work also probes questions of viral antigenicity, including evaluation of genetic and antigenic relatedness and cross-protection between animal influenza viruses. 

Before joining NIAID in 2002, Dr. Subbarao was chief of the molecular genetics and influenza research branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. Previously, she held professorial appointments with Emory University, McGill University, and Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Subbarao has been recognized with the NIH Director’s Award and has twice received an NIH Merit Award. She holds editorial positions on the scientific journals PLoS Pathogens and mBio and has been a reviewer for Nature, the Journal of Virology, Virology, and others. She earned her MBBS (MD equivalent) at Christian Medical College, Vellore, and the University of Madras, both in India. She completed a pediatric internship and residency at St. Louis University followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Oklahoma, where she received her MPH degree.