Bali Pulendran, Ph.D., is a professor in the Departments of Pathology, and Microbiology and Immunology; the Violetta L. Horton Professor for the School of Medicine; a Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health (ChEM-H) fellow; and a member of the Institute for Immunology, Transplantation and Infection (ITI) at Stanford University, Calif. He is also an adjunct professor, research collaborator, and lead author at the Yerkes National Primate Center and director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) U19 Center for Systems Vaccinology at Emory University.
Pulendran is a world leader 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 biology approaches to predicting the efficacy of vaccines, and deciphering new correlates of protection against infectious diseases.
Pulendran’s research is published in front line journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Medicine, and Nature Immunology. Furthermore, Pulendran is the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, serves on many editorial boards, and is the recipient of two concurrent MERIT awards from NIH, as well as the 2011 Albert E. Levy Award and the 2011 Paper of the Year award by the International Society for Vaccines.
Pulendran received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University (U.K.), and his Ph.D. from the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, under the supervision of Sir Gustav Nossal. He then completed his postdoctoral work at Immunex Corporation in Seattle.