The Team

Prof. Bertram Jacobs, PhD

 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


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.

Prof. Robert F. Waters, Ph.D.

 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.