Dr. Crooke is the Lead Microbiologist for Vaccine Immunology in the Viral Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (VVPDB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a member of the American Society for Virology and an investigator in the Center for Childhood Immunizations and Vaccines at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. His team is currently focused on the design and development of new diagnostic assays for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella, and the evaluation of novel vaccine candidates and vaccine delivery methods. Dr. Crooke and his team also support laboratory-based surveillance for measles and rubella, both domestically and internationally as part of the World Health Organization’s Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network.
Dr. Crooke previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic with Dr. Greg Poland, where he studied the immune response to viral vaccines using systems biology and was awarded the Maurice R. Hilleman Early Career Investigator Award by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases for his work on Zika virus. He received his doctorate in biochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology with Professor MG Finn focusing on the design of protein nanoparticles for various applications in biomedicine.
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