The Team

Prof. Bertram Jacobs, PhD is Professor of Virology in the School of Life Sciences and the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. He has been a member of the NIH Virology Study Section, and has served on numerous biodefense-related study sections. He is an active collaborator with Russian scientists at VECTOR, home of the Russian smallpox repository. His teaching interests include HIV prevention education to lay audiences. In this regard, he spends several weeks each year in Africa teaching HIV prevention. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Support of International Change. He has numerous publications. Before coming to ASU, he was a postdoctoral associate and lecturer for four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2000, Dr. Jacobs was a distinguished visiting professor at the National Center for Biotechnology in Madrid, Spain. In 1991, he was a visiting research scientist of the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick Cancer Research Center. He earned a BS in biology from Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., received his PhD in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prof. Jeffrey Langland*, Director of Research. Jeffrey Langland is an Assistant Professor of The Biodesign Institute of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at Arizona State University. He also serves as Associate Professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. He has over 40 publications, 6 patents, and has taught several courses in the areas of Virology, Medical Microbiology, Microbiology, HIV, and Molecular/Cellular Biology. He has earned a B.S. in Microbiology, Cum Laude, and a PhD. in Microbiology from Arizona State University.

Karen Denzler, PhD is a Senior Researcher at the Biodesign Institute, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. She has served as Faculty Associate at School of Life Science, ASU and   Adjunct Professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she teaches microbiology. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in microbiology and earned her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology both from ASU. She then did a Postdoctoral in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Prof. Robert F. Waters, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Research Professor at the Biodesign Institute of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at Arizona State University. He also serves as Professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. He has many publications, and has prepared and taught several courses in the areas of Medical Biochemistry, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Genetics, Medical Research, Biostatistics, and others too numerous to name. 
He earned his B.A. in biology with an undergraduate minor in chemistry from Carroll College (1971) in Helena, Montana and his PhD. in Biochemical Genetics with a graduate minor in statistics and biochemistry from Montana State University (1975) in Bozeman, Montana.

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