Ted M. Ross, Ph.D.

Joining with over 20 years of experience in research and immunology, Dr. Ross is a tenured Professor at the University of Georgia in the Center for Vaccines and Immunology and the Department of Infectious Diseases. During his tenure, he worked as the Director of the Center for Vaccines and Immunology and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia. He explored new vaccine technologies intended to protect against various influenza strains and applied this strategy to other serious viruses.

In 2003, Dr. Ross began his own laboratory as Principal Investigator at East Carolina University which eventually moved to the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Medicine-Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and as a founding member of the Center for Vaccine Research where he stayed for 10 years. Dr. Ross explores new vaccine technologies intended to protect against all strains of influenza – an endeavor that could potentially eliminate the need for seasonal flu shots. Dr. Ross and his colleagues are applying similar strategies to fight other serious viruses such as, Dengue, Zika, Ebola, Chikungunya, and HIV Type-1 viruses.

Dr. Ross earned his undergraduate and graduate studies in Zoology and Microbiology at the University of Arkansas, and he received a Doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology from Vanderbilt University in 1996. He performed his post-doctorate fellowship at Duke University on HIV biology of viral entry. He also worked at Emory University on vaccine development for HIV and influenza viruses. He has published more than 220 papers and book chapters on infectious disease and vaccine development.