Bali Pulendran, PhD


Bali Pulendran, PhD


Bali Pulendran, PhD, received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University, and his doctorate from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, in Melbourne Australia, under the supervision of Sir Gustav Nossal. He completed his postdoctoral work at Immunex Corporation in Seattle.

Dr. Pulendran’s work focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which the innate immune system regulates adaptive immunity and harnessing such mechanisms in the design of novel vaccines against global pandemics. More recently, he has begun to apply systems biological approaches to predicting the efficacy of vaccines, and deciphering new correlates of protection against infectious diseases.

Dr. Pulendran was recently awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a Center for Systems Vaccinology, with investigators from Emory, as well as from other institutions. The goal of this center will be uncover molecular signatures of vaccine efficacy in humans, which will guide the design and rapid evaluation of new vaccines.

Dr. Pulendran’s research is published in front line journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Immunology, and The Journal of Experimental Medicine. Furthermore, Dr. Pulendran is the recipient of numerous grants from the NIH and from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Clinical Investigation and The Journal of Immunology, serves on the AIDS Vaccine Research Subcommittee, and is frequently invited to speak in the plenary sessions of many national and international conferences.

Dr. Pulendran collaborates with a number of researchers at Yerkes, including Drs. Rama Amara and Francois Villinger.