The Heidelberger-Kabat Lecture’s foundations date to the mid-1950s when the university instituted a lecture series to honor Dr. Michael Heidelberger, Columbia’s first professor of immunochemistry and the founding father of the field. Subsequently, the university established a symposium named for Dr. Elvin Kabat, a Columbia professor who studied under Dr. Heidelberger and whose research led to the identification of the proteins responsible for antibody activity. The two lectures, merged in 2001, are a premier forum for new developments and discoveries in immunochemistry.
Dr. Rafi Ahmed is the Georgia Research Alliance Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. He earned his undergraduate degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.. After completing his postdoctoral training in the Department of Immunology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif., he joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He was at UCLA from 1984 until 1995, when he moved to Emory University. His research efforts focus on two areas: understanding the mechanisms of immunological memory to use this knowledge to develop new and more effective vaccines, and defining the mechanisms of T cell exhaustion during chronic viral infections and cancer to develop strategies for restoring function in exhausted T cells. Dr. Ahmed is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.
Join us for "T Cell Memory and Exhaustion" featuring Dr. Rafi Ahmed on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:00 pm in the Wu Audiorium, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. For inquiries, please contact CUMC Special Events: 212-304-7215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.