Monica Vaccari, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

(985) 871- 6431
18703 Three Rivers Road, Covington, LA, 70433

Education & Affiliations

MS, Biotechnology and Medicine, University of Milan, Italy
PhD, Immunology, University of Milan, Italy
Post-doctoral fellowship, NCI, National Institute of Health


Our research program seeks to dissect the complex dynamics of host-virus interactions with a particular focus on the function of innate immune responses. We examine these host-virus interactions at the molecular, single-cell, and whole-system levels to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the innate immune system responds to viral infection. Our long-term goal is to develop clinically meaningful mechanism-based diagnostic, vaccines, and treatment strategies for vaccines and treatments for illnesses that have a significant impact on human health. 

Primary Research Interests

  • HIV/SIV (prevention, eradication, comorbidities) 
  • SARS-CoV-2  
  • Influenza 
  • Aging 

Professional Awards

  • Recipient of the 2021 Spirit of Tulane Award