Jay Nelson, Ph.D.

OHSU Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute founder and director; Oregon National Primate Research Center senior scientist in pathobiology and immunology; OHSU School of Medicine professor of molecular microbiology and immunology

OHSU Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute founder and director; Oregon National Primate Research Center senior scientist in pathobiology and immunology; OHSU School of Medicine professor of molecular microbiology and immunology

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Molecular virology
  • Vaccines
  • Immunology
  • Pathobiology
  • Nonhuman primate research
  • West Nile virus
  • Zika virus
  • Herpes viruses
  • Retroviruses
  • Flaviviruses

Dr. Nelson is a senior molecular virologist who has authoried more than 188 papers and reviews on a variety of topics, including herpes viruses, retroviruses and flaviviruses. The primary focus of Nelson’s research centers on the molecular pathogenesis of cytomegalovirus (CMV).

Nelson has received faculty awards from the American Cancer Society, is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, an editor for the Journal of Virology, and associate editor for PLOS Pathogens.

As founder and director of the OHSU Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute, he has assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists to focus on the development of vaccines and novel immune and gene therapeutic approaches to these diseases, including HIV and AIDS, chronic viral infection-associated diseases, newly emerging viral diseases, and infectious diseases of the elderly. 

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