Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, PhD


Titles and Roles

Professor and Vice-Chair of Translational Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Immunology


Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, PhD, is Professor and serves as Vice-Chair of Translational Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Sékaly is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. He is a member of the Cancer Immunology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr Sékaly obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship on immunogenetics and molecular biology.


For over two decades, Dr. Sékaly's group has been focused on developing a better understanding of the human immune response to vaccines and to chronic viral infections with a specific focus on HIV infection. They have implemented the use of system biology approaches to monitor the diversity of memory T cell and to identify the mechanisms underlying the diversity of memory T cell subsets. They have pioneered the application of systems biology approaches to the understanding of mechanisms of action of the licensed vaccines and adjuvants. They have also shown for the first time the diversity of the mechanism that lead to the establishment and persistence of HIV in different memory T cell subsets.


Dr. Sékaly has published more than 340 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and holds 25 patents in adjuvants, PD-1 and vaccine vectors.

Dr. Sékaly is an inductee of the MilliPub Club, which recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have garnered more than 1,000 citations.

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