Erik Karlsson, Ph.D.

Dr. Karlsson received his doctorate from the Department of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation studies focused on the impact of obesity on the generation, maintenance and function of influenza virus-specific memory CD8+ T cells.

Following the completion of his Ph.D. in Nutrition, Dr. Karlsson decided to pursue a research career focused on understanding host-pathogen interactions and immune responses in the context of nutritional status. He now works with Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry and collaborators at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on a number of projects involving viral pathogenesis, immunology (primary and vaccine-induced) and infectious disease surveillance.

Dr. Karlsson is  is especially interested in how nutrition/dietary status can impact viral evolution and virulence factors.

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