|Jerry Blackwell, Ph.D.
Area of Research: HIV/AIDS
Dr. Blackwell received his Ph.D. in molecular virology from Georgia State University working in the area of host interactions with West Nile virus. He then did post-doctoral work and became an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama working on gene therapies for malignancies and infectious diseases.
Dr. Blackwell is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University. His research interests are in the development and translation of vaccines for HIV-1, West Nile virus and breast cancer. In this regard, Dr. Blackwell’s approach is to optimize each component of the vaccine – the vector, the antigen and the immunological response – so that overall it is more efficacious and safe.