Center for Vaccines and Immunology, Department of Infectious Diseases
Professor, UGA Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Virology and Immunology

Animal Models of Human Disease | Cell Culture | Disease Pathogenesis | Immunology | Infectious Diseases | Pathogenesis | Vaccinology | Virology


Mark Tompkins is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Influenza Disease and Emergence Research, a NIAID Center of Excellence in Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR) at the University of Georgia. He received his doctorate in Immunology from Emory University and then studied immune mechanisms of autoimmune diseases as a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Postdoctoral Fellow before joining the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA where he studied immunity elicited by influenza vaccination. He joined the University of Georgia in 2005. Mark’s research and training programs focus on understanding the host response to emerging and re-emerging respiratory pathogens along with pathogen-pathogen interactions and vaccine elicited immunity. Mark was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award in 2012 and most recently was appointed the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Virology and Immunology.

Research Interests

  • Experimental models of virus-pathogen-host interactions
  • Viral and bacterial respiratory co-infections; synergies and mechanisms of disease
  • Pathogen- and vaccine- elicited immunity and immunopathology
  • Risk assessment of emerging pathogens, focused on zoonotic influenza viruses
  • Development of novel vaccine and adjuvant platforms against infectious diseases

Selected Publications


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