Dr. Kurilla is the Director of the Office of Biodefense Research Affairs and Associate Director for Biodefense Product Development for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). His primary role is to provide overall institute coordination for product development of medical countermeasures against bioterror threats. He was named to his current positions at NIAID in 2005.
He joined NIAID as a Medical Officer. Prior to that he worked in the private sector on anti-infective drug development at Dupont Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Wyeth. Before that, he worked at the University of Virginia, where he was an Assistant Professor of Pathology as well as Co-Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Diagnostics and Associate Director for Clinical Microbiology.
Dr. Kurilla received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He earned his MD-PhD from Duke University. He took his postgraduate medical training in pathology at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Elliott Kieff at Harvard Medical School as a Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellow, followed by a Markey Scholar Award.
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