Dr. Fidel Zavala is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. He initiated his research career at New York University School of Medicine in 1980. After a postdoctoral training in 1984, he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor, and in 1999, he became Professor. In 2003, he joined Johns Hopkins University as Professor and member of the Malaria Research Institute. He has served as a member of the editorial board of Infection and Immunity, Experimental Parasitology, and Journal of Immunological Methods; as Editor of Parasitology International; and recently, as Associate Editor of The Journal of Immunology. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the European Virtual Institute of Malaria Research, and since 2010, he is a permanent member of the US National Institutes of Health Pathogenic Eukaryotes Study Section.

The main focus of Dr. Zavala’s research is immunology of malaria parasite infections and vaccine immunology. He has published more than 130 scientific articles, on epitope characterization of antibody responses, development of subunit vaccines, and immunobiology of CD8+ T cell responses against malaria parasites.