Dr. Mark Slifka is currently a Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, where he studies the mechanisms involved with maintaining immunological memory. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, including primary research papers in such journals as Immunity, Nature, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has reviewed scientific manuscripts for over 60 different journals, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Virology, Virology, Vaccine, and the Journal of Immunology. Dr. Slifka has served on committees for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, and the Food and Drug Administration. He has also served on grant review committees for the National Institutes of Health and international agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Australian Science Fund, the Israel National Institute for Health Policy & Health Services Research, the Israel Science Foundation, The Wellcome Trust, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
 
Dr. Slifka obtained his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1996 and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California in 2001.