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Albert Hofman, MD, PhD

Chair, Human Immunomics Initiative; Chair, Department of Epidemiology, and Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Albert Hofman, MD, PhD, is chair of the Department of Epidemiology and the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Dr. Hofman was the chair of the Department of Epidemiology of the Erasmus Medical Center at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 1988 until 2016. He has been science director of the graduate…

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Wayne Koff, PhD

CEO, Human Immunomics Initiative; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Wayne Koff, PhD, is the founding president and CEO of the Human Vaccines Project. Prior to joining the Project, Koff served as chief scientific officer and senior vice president of research and development at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in New York City (1999-2016), leading IAVI’s research and development program. At IAVI, his accomplishments included developing multiple HIV vaccines through clinical trials; establishing state-of-the-art laboratories in the U.S., Europe,…

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Jaap Goudsmit, MD, PhD

CSO, Human Immunomics Initiative; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Immunology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jaap Goudsmit is a Dutch scientist and nonfiction writer, best known for his research on AIDS and influenza. In 1978, Jaap Goudsmit received his MD degree with honors from the University of Amsterdam. He was awarded a Fogarthy Fellowship of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and started to study the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease at the laboratory of D. Carleton Gajdusek, who was awarded the Nobel Prize…

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Ted Schenkelberg, MBA, MPH

COO, Human Immunomics Initiative; Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ted Schenkelberg, MBA, MPH, brings more than 15 years of experience applying business management principles to advance biomedical and global health priorities across the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He is co-founder of the Human Vaccines Project, where he currently serves as chief operating officer. Previously, Schenkelberg worked as a strategic consultant in the global health and biotech space, including work for a leading Indian health system and national initiatives on…

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Galit Alter, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Galit Alter is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a group leader at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard. Alter’s work focuses on the development of systems biology tools to define the correlates of immunity against infectious diseases that ravage the globe. To this end, Alter developed a novel, ever-evolving approach to probing humoral immunity that she termed “systems serology.” Alter uses this novel -omics…

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Sarah Fortune, MD

John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Chair, Department of Immunolgy and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sarah Fortune is the John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the TB Research Program at the Ragon Institute of MGH, Harvard, and MIT. She received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Yale University and a medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians…

Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, MD, PhD

Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, M.D., Dr.P.H. a physician and epidemiologist, is the Director of the Pharmacoepidemiology Program and Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her area of interest is drug safety evaluation from non-randomized data, with a special emphasis on the design, conduct, and analysis of studies in pregnant women and their infants. She has experience developing and applying methods to case-control surveillance, case-only, and ad…

Wouter Koudstaal, PhD

Senior Scientific Writer, Human Immunomics Initiative

Wouter Koudstaal, PhD, brings over 15 years of R&D experience in academic, biotech, and pharma settings having focused on the discovery and early (preclinical) development of vaccines and therapeutics in the fields of infectious diseases and neuroscience at Crucell, a Dutch biotech company, and Janssen. Moreover, Koudstaal conducted part of his research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) of Harvard Medical School in Boston and at Imperial College,…

Nikita Mahulkar

Program Coordinator, Human Immunomics Initiative

Nikita Mahulkar joined the Human Immunomics Initiative in June of 2020. Prior to this, she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Suffolk University. After graduating, she joined the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as interim program coordinator for the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics in 2019. Nikita is currently the Program Coordinator for the Human Immunomics Initiative, and acts as the principal point of contact for…

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Michael Mina, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Core Faculty, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics

Michael Mina, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a core member of the School’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD). He is additionally an assistant professor in immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard Chan School and associate medical director in clinical microbiology (molecular diagnostics) in the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.…

Anita van den Biggelaar, PhD

Senior Scientist, Human Immunomics Initiative

Anita van den Biggelaar, PhD, is trained as an immunologist and epidemiologist and has always worked in the fields of immunoepidemiology (“applied immunology”), infectious diseases, and vaccinology. Her MSc (1996, with distinction) and PhD (2002, with distinction) were both in the field of immunoparasitology (helminths), involving field trials in Indonesia and Gabon (Central Africa). After a two-year postdoc in the Netherlands, where she skilled her epidemiology and conducted field studies…

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Julia Wu, ScD

Principal Investigator, Human Immunomics Initiative; Research Scientist of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Julia W. Wu, ScD, is a Principal Investigator at the Human Immunomics Initiative (HII), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds an ScD degree in epidemiology, an MS in statistics, and an MS in molecular genetics. Wu’s research applies innovative epidemiological and statistical methods at the intersection of immunity, aging, and biomarkers, to generate evidence of biological aging and its systematic effect on lifespan, health-span, and aging-related diseases,…