Monthly Seminar Series

January CFAR Seminar (Virtual): Ann Chahroudi and ESI Jesse Deere


Keynote: Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD

Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Chahroudi directs the Center for Childhood Infections and Vaccines (CCIV) of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University and is the Co-Director for Basic Science for the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). She is also the founding director of the Pediatric Residency Investigative Scholars at Emory (PRISE) Program. Dr. Chahroudi earned her MD and PhD from Emory University School of Medicine and completed her general pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She returned to Emory for subspecialty fellowship training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Chahroudi’s NIH-funded research program focuses on HIV persistence and remission, using nonhuman primate models to evaluate translational interventions towards an HIV cure. She received an NIH MERIT award in 2021 for this work and is MPI of the PAVE Martin Delaney Collaboratory.

ESI Presentation: Jesse D. Deere, PhD

Jesse Deere is a Project Scientist in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on mechanisms of viral persistence, in particular the mechanisms utilized by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV). The overarching goal of his research is to develop prevention and intervention strategies to disrupt the virus-host relationship in favor of the host and viral clearance. He is especially interested in HIV persistence during antiretroviral therapy, including viral reservoirs and cure strategies, and in the many ways that CMV manipulates the host to establish life-long infection, from various states of latency to immune modulation.