Alan Sher received his Ph.D from the University of California, San Diego and did his postdoctoral training at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London. After several years as a Research Associate and then Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, he joined the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1980 where he is currently Chief of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases and NIH Distinguished Investigator. The work of his laboratory is focused on defining mechanisms of host resistance to parasites and mycobacteria as well as the pathways which regulate the immune response to these pathogens. This pursuit has led him into studies on the functional significance of T helper subsets in host defense. Dr. Sher is the author of over 400 publications and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Microbiology and the AAAS. He currently serves as a senior editor of the Journal of Experimental Medicine, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Keystone Symposia and of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Trudeau Institute and the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation.
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