Dr. Tomaras is the Director of the Duke Center for Human Systems Immunology, Immunological Sciences and Director of the Duke Center for AIDS Research. She is one of the leaders in the international, multi-institutional HIV Vaccine Trials Network focused on discovery clinical trials in humans to prevent infection. Her laboratory is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists working on understanding immune variation among individuals to find ways to maximize immune potential. One of her laboratory’s goals are to reveal the specificities and functions of protective antibody responses that lead to prevention or resolution of disease – to directly contribute to the design and implementation of new vaccine and immuno-prophylaxis regimens. Dr. Tomaras is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.