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Jay Rappaport, PhD
Director and Chief Academic Officer



BA, Biology, University of Pennsylvania

PhD, Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania



Director and Chief Academic Officer, Tulane National Primate Center (June 2018-present)
Professor, Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Tulane School of Medicine (June 2018-present)


Professor and Associate Chair of Education, Temple University (1999-2018)


Professor and IBC Chair
Drexel College of Medicine, 1986-1999


Key Publications

Rappaport J, Volsky DJ. Role of the macrophage in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and other comorbidities in patients on effective antiretroviral treatment. J Neurovirol. 2015 Jun;21(3):235-4 PMID: 25933548.

Velasquez, S, and Rappaport J. Activation in major depressive disorder: A pivotal linkage between psychological stress, purinergic signaling, and the kynurenine pathway.  Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Jul 1;80(1):4-5 . PMID: 27312231

Fischer-Smith T, Tedaldi EM, Rappaport J.   CD163/CD16 coexpression by circulating monocytes/macrophages in HIV: potential biomarkers for HIV infection and AIDS progression. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2008 Mar;24(3):417-21.

Honors and Awards 

2002                Editorial Board Member, Journal of Neurovirology 
2004-2008       Charter Member, NIH/NIAID VACC-01 HIV/AIDS Vaccines Study Section
2004                Chair, HIV Vaccines Research and Design (HIVRAD) Study Section. ZAI1-ECA(M2).
2006                Chair, NIH/NIMH IPCP: Novel HIV Therapies Study Section
2009                Recipient, Temple University Research Award
2011                Martin Delaney Collaboratory to Eradicate HIV-1 Infection (U19)
2012                NIAID Integrated Preclinial Clinical AIDS Vaccine Design (IPCAVD)
2012                Chair, NCATS/Comparative Medicine/NIH: P51 Regional Primate Center Review
2009                Recipient, Temple University Research Award
2012                Chair, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (P51 (Site Visit)
2013                Chair, Oregon National Primate Research Center (P51) (Site Visit)
2014                Chair, California National Primate Research Center (P51) (Site Visit)
2015                Chair, Southwest National Primate Research Center (P51) (Site Visit)
2015                Chair, HIV AIDS and Aging Study Section (Oct 29th)
2015                Chair, Targeting Persistent HIV Reservoirs (TAPHIR) June 26-June27
2016                Chair, Washington Primate Center (P51) (Site Visit)
2016                Chair, NIH AIDS Related Fellowships Review July 15