Dr Barney S. Graham

MD, PhD
Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID, NIH
Chief, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory

Dr. Graham is Deputy Director of the NIAID Vaccine Research Center. He has a BA from Rice University, an MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he also completed Internal Medicine residency, chief residencies, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He was a Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt with a joint appointment in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology before joining the VRC in 2000 as a founding member. He is a recipient of the Robert M. Chanock Award for lifetime contributions to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) research, the Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award from the Sabin Vaccine Institute. His primary interests are vaccine development for viral diseases, viral pathogenesis, mechanisms of immunity, and pandemic preparedness. He directs basic laboratory research, contributes to the pipeline of new VRC vaccines, and provides oversight of candidate VRC vaccines and antibodies in advanced development including those for HIV, Ebola, and Chikungunya. His laboratory explores the structural basis for antibody-mediated viral neutralization, investigates basic mechanisms by which T cells affect viral clearance and immunopathology, and has developed novel vaccines for RSV, influenza, Zika, paramyxoviruses, and coronaviruses including the first COVID-19 vaccine and monoclonal antibody to enter clinical testing and that have now achieved Emergency Use Authorization.