Rafi Ahmed, PhD

Director / Emory Vaccine Center

Emory University, School of Medicine Rollin Research Center, Room G-211 1510 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30322

Dr. Rafi Ahmed, is a member of the National Academy of Science and a world-renowned immunologist.


Dr. Ahmed’s work during the past decade has been highly influential in shaping our current understanding of memory T cell differentiation and anti-viral T and B cell immunity. The long-term goal of Dr. Ahmed’s research is to understand the mechanisms of B and T cell immunological memory and to use this information to develop new vaccines for the prevention and treatment of disease.

Training and Education

  • 1984
    Post-doc, Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation
  • 1981
    PhD, Harvard University
  • 1974
    BS/MS, Idaho State University
  • 1968
    BSc, Osmania University

Research Interests

Research efforts of Dr. Rafi Ahmed’s laboratory are directed toward understanding the mechanisms of immunological memory and using this knowledge to develop new and more effective vaccines, as well as toward defining the mechanisms of T cell exhaustion during chronic viral infections and cancer, and developing strategies for restoring function in exhausted T cells.