Covid-19 Vaccine - Current Status and Outlook

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location: Virtual Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Pia Pannaraj, MD, MPH

Pia S. Pannaraj, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Southern California
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Pia S. Pannaraj, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and Infectious Disease Specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She also serves as the Director of the CHLA Pediatric Global Health Residency Track and Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.

Dr. Pannaraj’s research focuses on maternal and infant vaccinations, optimizing vaccine delivery, and improving vaccine immunity. She also seeks to understand how the breast milk and gut microbiomes contribute to infant immune development and vaccine immunity.

Dr. Pannaraj’s global research focuses on maternal and infant vaccinations, optimizing vaccination strategies in the community setting, and improving vaccine immunity.  She seeks to better understand infant immune development, responses to mucosal vaccination, and the influence of breast milk and gut microbes on immune responses.

Dr. Pannaraj serves on the Board of Directors for the California Immunization Coalition and has been appointed to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expert panel for a Global Immunizations Initiative. She is invited to lecture nationally and internationally on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, maternal vaccinations, neonatal health and the microbiome.

Dr. Pannaraj completed her Infectious Diseases fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Master of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She finished medical school and residency training in pediatrics at University of California, San Diego. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Biology from the University of Chicago.

Outside of work, she and her husband raise 3 very active children. They enjoy soccer, outdoor nature activities, and traveling adventures.

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