Chief of the Laboratory, Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology
Patrick E. Duffy is Chief of the Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology at NIAID/DIR (NIH). Before taking this position in November 2009, he served as director of the malaria program at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI) and affiliate professor of global health at the University of Washington.
His research is focused on understanding the pathogenesis and immunology of malaria in humans. He has led the Pregnancy Malaria Initiative to develop a malaria vaccine for pregnant women, a Grand Challenges in Global Health consortium project to understand immunity to severe malaria in African children, and a vaccine discover consortium that is identifying novel vaccine targets against liver stage malaria parasites.
He recently established the Malaria Clinical Trials Center for experimental malaria infections of humans in Seattle and for several years led the SBRI-Tanzania Malaria Research Training Program for young African scientists.
He received his medical degree from Duke University, his internal medicine training at Walter Reed, and his postdoctoral training in molecular vaccine development at the National Institutes of Health.