Cynthia A. Derdeyn, PhD is Professor and Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. She received her BS in Biology and PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA. Dr. Derdeyn’s translational HIV research program is funded through multiple NIH grants and is located at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, where her laboratory focuses on understanding the interplay between HIV and antibodies mounted against the viral envelope glycoproteins. Dr. Derdeyn is utilizing a multidisciplinary combination of molecular, virologic, transcriptomic, and immunologic approaches to investigate how envelope-specific antibodies emerge and gain anti-viral functions in HIV-infected individuals and in nonhuman primates vaccinated against HIV envelope glycoproteins, as well as gaining insight into how SIV hides from immune clearance in nonhuman primates. Her laboratory is currently investigating how vaccine-elicited neutralizing antibodies mediate protection against viral challenge, and developing and testing novel vaccines in nonhuman primates to define the relationship between B cell responses and antibody function. Dr. Derdeyn’s goals are to apply novel insights from these studies into developing HIV vaccine approaches that can elicit protective antibody responses against HIV.