Georgia Tomaras, PhD


Georgia Tomaras is a tenured Professor of Surgery, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University. She is Director of Research for the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI), Director of the DHVI Training and Mentoring Program (and NIH T32 Co-PI), and Associate Director for the HIV Vaccine Trial Network Laboratory Center. Dr. Tomaras has over 215 peer-reviewed publications on immune correlates and interrogation of humoral and cellular immunity. She is the principal investigator of a multi-institution program project grant to decipher immune correlates of protection. Dr. Tomaras is Chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) AIDS Vaccine Research Subcommittee (AVRS) and served as an NIAID Advisory Council member. She serves on several scientific advisory boards for national and international consortia, is the PI and Co-Chair for the 2018 Research for Prevention (R4P) meeting in Spain and co-organizer for the Keystone Vaccine meeting 2020. She is an editorial board member for the Journal of Virology, consulting editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation and guest editor for PLOS Pathogens. Her awards include the NIH HIV Vaccine Trials Network Mentoring Award, Norman Letvin Faculty Award and the Ruth and A. Morris Williams Faculty Research Prize, recognition as a highly cited scientist in 2017 and presented a 2017 Distinguished Graduate School Alumna lecture. Dr. Tomaras received her B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University. In 2018, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.