University of Pennsylvania (Penn-CEIRR)

Philadelphia, PA | United States

Lead Organization: University of Pennsylvania

About Penn-CEIRR

The Penn-CEIRR brings together a collaborative group of scientists focusing on influenza virus surveillance, epidemiology, immunology, virology, evolutionary biology, clinical studies, and modeling. We have an extensive influenza virus surveillance program that includes sampling in the United States, Hong Kong, Cambodia, the United Kingdom, and Bangladesh. Our Center is completing studies to determine how immune responses to influenza viruses develop across different populations with high and low vaccination risks, and we are identifying immune responses associated with protection versus susceptibility. We are completing a series of human and animal studies to determine how prior influenza virus exposures shape immune responses to new viral strains, and we are developing models to forecast influenza virus evolution and epidemiology based on experimentally measured variations in immune specificities across different populations. We are studying pathogens with pandemic potential, including emerging swine and avian influenza virus strains. Combined, our efforts will fill critical knowledge gaps in influenza virus and other emerging pathogen research, reveal factors underlying viral emergence and transmission, and accelerate development of new and improved control measures. 


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Scott Hensley, PhD

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Institutions & Investigators

University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Betts, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology
  • Sara Cherry, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Scott Hensley, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology
  • John Wherry, PhD, Chair, Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics
Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Ian Brown, PhD, Deputy Director, Department of Scientific Services
Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU)
  • Himel Barua, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
  • Ahasanul Hoque, MS, DVM, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Surgery
  • Paritosh Kumar Biswas, DVM, PhD, Professor, Director of Poultry Research and Training Centre (PRTC), Department of Microbiology and Veterinary Public Health
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
  • Trevor Bedford, PhD, Associated Professor, Divisions of Vaccine and Infectious Disease, Public Health Sciences, and Human Biology
  • Jesse Bloom, PhD, Professor, Basic Science Division
Institut Pasteur du Cambodge
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR)
Iowa State University
  • Phillip Gauger, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine
Royal Veterinary College of London
  • Nicola Lewis, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Scripps Research Institute
  • Andrew Ward, PhD, Professor, Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
  • Ian Wilson, DPhil, Hansen Professor and Chair, Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
Stanford University
  • Scott Boyd, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Endowed Faculty Scholar, Department of Allergy and Immunology
United States Department of Agriculture
  • Amy Vincent, DMV, PhD, Research Veterinary Medical Officer, National Animal Disease Center – Virus and Prion Research
University of Arizona
  • Michael Worobey, PhD, Department Head, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Chicago
  • Sarah Cobey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Hong Kong
  • Ben Cowling, PhD, Professor and Division Head, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Michigan
  • Adam Lauring, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Emily Martin, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
  • Arnold Monto, MD, Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Global Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
  • Seema Lakdawala, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Center Coordinator