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Geetha Bansal 2012     

Geetha P. Bansal, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Tropical Medicine
Associate Dean for Research
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2400
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone 504.988.0867
Fax 504.988.5718
gbansal@tulane.edu

 

Please visit the Research Enhancement & Development page for additional information.



Personal Statement:

Dr. Bansal has gathered vast experience in immunology, vaccine development and infectious disease research over the last twenty five years. Her specific interest is in B cell responses, developing hybridomas for monoclonal antibody production and antibody based vaccine and prevention approaches, understanding mechanisms of immunological responses to infection and elicitation of protective vaccine induced responses. Her more general interest and experience is in infectious diseasesand prevention science, and bridging basic, biomedical and social, behavioral sciences research. She currently teaches graduate level immunology course and mentors graduate students in laboratory based research, provides training and assistance to junior and senior faculty with grant writing and in formulating scientific and administrative requirements for an effective application. Harnessing her previous experience as a scientific review officer and program officer at the NIH, she has developed and teaches a graduate level course “Essentials in Research Readiness Skills” which incorporates elements of Responsible Conduct of Research, Ethics and Grant Writing and Management.As Associate Dean for Research at the School, she also works on projects focused on Research Enhancement and Development, and directs the activities of the Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub.



Research Interests:

Vaccine immunology, vaccine design, infectious disease research, antibody based prevention and treatment research  



Educational Background:

  • B.Sc., Physics, Delhi University, New Delhi, India, 1972
  • M.Sc., Biophysics, All India Inst. Med. Sciences, New Delhi, India, 1975
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry/Immunology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1985
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Immunology, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 1985-88

Professional Achievements:

  • 1988 - 1995 Director, Department of Antibody and Vaccine Discovery, MedImmune Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
  • 1996 - 2002 Primary Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dept. Commerce, US Govt.
  • 2002 - 2005 Scientific Review Administrator, DEA, NIAID, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • 2005 - 2010 Program Officer, Division of AIDS, NIAID, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • 2007- 2010 Project Officer, Los Alamos HIV/SIV Sequence and Immunology database
  • 2011 - present  Research Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • 2011 - present  Associate Dean for Research, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • 2011 - present  Deputy Director, Center for Infectious Diseases, Tulane University
  • 2012 - present  Director, Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub (I2PH), School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • 2002 Granted a current license by the USPTO to serve as a Patent Agent

 Scientific Initiatives:

  • AI-08-007 - Highly Innovative Tactics to Interrupt Transmission of HIV (HIT-IT) (R01) (July 17, 2008)
  • AI-08-053 – Basic HIV Vaccine Discovery Research (R01) (August 27, 2008)
  • AI-09-037 - Highly Innovative Tactics to Interrupt Transmission of HIV (HIT-IT) (R01) (July 1, 2009)
  • AI-07-031 - U.S.-India Bilateral Collaborative Research Partnerships (CRP) on the Prevention of HIV/AIDS and Co-morbidities (R21) (October 18, 2007)
  • AI-09-022 - B Cell Immunology Partnership Program For HIV-1 Vaccine Discovery (U19) (June 16, 2009)
  • AI-10-001 - Mechanisms and Prevention of Sexual Transmission of HIV/SIV (R01) (February 25, 2010)
  • AI-10-022 - U.S.-India Bilateral Collaborative Research Partnerships (CRP) on the Prevention of HIV/AIDS and Co-morbidities (R21) (May 18, 2010)
  • Examined and issued over 200 patents in vaccines, Monoclonal based Immunotherapeutics for infectious disease and cancer
  • NIH - Small Business Innovation Research Grant Phase 1- (Sept. 1990 - March 1991). Surrogate assay for B 19 Parvovirus Serum Neutralization (Principal Investigator)
  • NIH - Small Business Innovation Research Grant Phase I - (May 1 - Oct. 31, 1994). Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Principal Investigator)
  • NIH - Small Business Innovation Research Grant Phase I - (Funded to begin 1st quarter 1995). Lyme Disease Vaccine Using Gonococcal Blebs (co-investigator)
  • NIH - Small Business Innovation Research Grant Phase I - Immunogenicity of an in vivo expressed protein of Borrelia burgdorferi (Principal Investigator) – submitted (left this position soon after)

Editorial Activities

  •   2011-present: Academic Editor for PLoS One
  • 1996 - present: Reviewer, National Science Books and Film Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington D.C. Manuscript reviewer: J. Immunology, Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, PLOS One, Abstracts Reviewer for International AIDS Society Conferences.  

Other Experiences and Professional Memberships

  • 1999: NIH, NIAID Special Emphasis Panel to review contract proposals on Integrated Preclinical/Clinical AIDS Vaccine Development.
  • 1999: NIH, NIAID Special Emphasis Panel to review contract proposals on HIV Vaccine Design and Development Teams.
  • 1994: NIH, NIAID study section to review grants on Immune Responses to Lyme Disease.
  • 1993-1996: NIH, standing study section member, the AIDS Research Review Committee, NIH Advisory Committee.
  • 1993: Reviewer, National Research Council Board on Science and Technology for International Development.  

Honors

  • NIH/NIAID Merit awards in 2008 for contributions to the US-India Bilateral collaborative Research Program and for the DAIDS-DAIT B-cell Immunology Program
  • Recognized by NIAID/Division of AIDS exemplary for performance and special acts every year from 2005 – 2010
  • NIH/NIAID Merit award in 2005 for conducting the peer review of grant applications submitted to the highly complex VATID Biodefense Program
  • Recognized by NIAID/Scientific Review Program for exemplary performance and special acts every year from 2002 - 2004.
  • Granted a license by the USPTO to serve as Patent Agent in 2002.
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Secretary, Sigma-Xi, Scientific Research Society - Washington D.C. Chapter.

 

Selected Publications:

Bansal, GP and Leitner, W. (2010).  A summary of the workshop on Innate Immunity in HIV Infection and Implications for Vaccine Design, held at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, 25-26 February 2010. Vaccine. 2010 Dec 6; 28(52):8229-35.

Bansal GP, Malaspina A, Flores J. (2010). Future paths for HIV vaccine research: Exploiting results from recent clinical trials and current scientific advances. Curr.Opin.Mol. Ther. Feb; 12(1):39-46.

Girard MP, Bansal GP (2008).  HIV/AIDS Vaccines: A Need for New Concepts?  Int. Rev Immunol. 2008; 27(6):447-71.  

Girard MP, Bansal GP, Pedroza-Martins L, Dodet B, Mehra V, Schito M, Mathieson B, Delfraissy JF, Bradac J. (2008)  Mucosal immunity and HIV/AIDS vaccines. Report of an International Workshop, 28-30 October 2007. Vaccine. Jul 29; 26(32):3969-77. Epub 2008 May 8.  

Bansal, GP. (2007).  A summary of the workshop on passive immunization using monoclonal antibodies for HIV/AIDS, held at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, 10 March 2006.  Biologicals (ElSevier). Oct; 35(4):367-71.  Epub 2007 Sep 21.

 

 

Level of Instruction:

graduate


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