Academies, and the National Academy of Sciences Professional Staff Award. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, her M.A. from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemical genetics from Georgetown University.
Dr. John Clements is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine. After receiving his doctorate in 1979 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Dr. Clements completed a National Research Council Associateship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. In 1980, Dr. Clements was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. In 1982, Dr. Clements joined the faculty at Tulane University. Dr. Clements has served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology since 1999. Dr. Clements served as Vice Dean for Research from 2006 to 2009 and in 2009 was appointed as Director of the Tulane Center for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Clements’s research has been continuously funded from a variety of Public Health Service and Department of Defense. He is currently Director of the Tulane/Xavier Vaccine Development/Engineering Project supported by the Department of Defense. Dr. Clements is also Co-Director of the South Louisiana Institute for Infectious Disease Research and Co-Director of the Louisiana Vaccine Center, both collaborative projects between Tulane University and Louisiana State University Health sciences Center in New Orleans. Research in Dr. Clements’s laboratory has resulted in more than 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, and thirteen issued patents.
Dr. Clements has served on numerous scientific panels and Editorial Boards. He currently serves on the Infectious Disease Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board (a Federal Advisory Committee) and is a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) H1N1 Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group (VSRAWG). Dr. Clements also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of PATH-EVI, an international non-profit organization whose primary goal is to develop vaccines against enteric diseases for children in developing countries, and on the Steering Committee of the Western Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense Research. In 2003, Dr. Clements was trained as a U.N. Weapons Inspector (Biologic) in the 7th United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) training program in Vienna. In 2003, and again in 2004, Dr. Clements was a member of the Iraq Survey Group in Baghdad as a Subject Matter Expert in Weapons of Mass Destruction and dual use equipment and programs. In 2009, Dr. Clements served on a National Academy of Sciences committee on biosafety and personnel reliability in laboratories that conduct research of biological select agents and toxins (resulting in publication of the National Research Council policy for Responsible Research with Biological Select Agents and Toxins).Dr. Clements served on active duty with the US Marine Corps from 1966-1972 and was a member of the USMC Individual Ready Reserves from 1972-1991. He was Honorably Discharged at the rank of LTCOL from the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1991.