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David Watkins

General Information

David  Watkins


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  • English
  • Portuguese


  • Professor of Pathology
  • Vice Chair of Research

Research Interests

My interests lie in understanding the relationship between the immune system and pathogens.  More specifically, I am fascinated by the interactions between CD8+ T cells and the AIDS virus.  This involves a comprehensive knowledge of the MHC class I molecules of humans and non-human primates.  I have developed a program to understand this relationship over the past 20 years.  More recently, I have devoted considerable time and effort to HIV vaccine development.


AIDS Immunology and Pathogenesis Study Section
Kellett Mid-Career Award
Member, IAVI Vaccine Science Subcommittee
Member, AIDS Vaccine Research Working Group
NIH Study Section, AIDS and Related Research Review Group, ARR-2
Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award
Editorial Board, Immunogenetics
American Editor, Immunogenetics


1988 Fellow
Harvard Medical School
1985 PhD
University of Rochester
1984 M.S.
University of Rochester
1982 B.S.
University of Durham