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Jeffery Michael Gorvetzian Endowed Professor of Biomedical Research Excellence

Regents’ Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of New Mexico Health Sciences 


Ph.D. – Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Business/Research Background

Dr. Chackerian received his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Washington and then did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.  In 2004 he joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and he is currently a Regents’ Professor and Vice-Chair of the department.  The Chackerian laboratory is focused on vaccine development, and their work has led to the development of candidate vaccines for diverse pathogens, including malaria, HIV, and SARS-CoV-2, and vaccines for chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s. 

Particular Knowledge and Skills

Dr. Chackerian’s work has led 16 issued patents and the founding of multiple companies.  Honors including being named the 2017 UNM Innovation Fellow, the UNM Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BSGP) Outstanding Mentor Award (2019), and induction into the National Academy of Inventors (2019).

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