Thomas Braciale is Professor of Pathology and of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology and also Director of the Beirne B. Carter Center for Immunology Research at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After residency training at Barnes Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Missouri he carried out post doctoral studies at the John Curtin School for Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra Australia. Upon his return to the U.S. he assumed a faculty position at Washington University School of Medicine and remained there until 1991 when he accepted his current position as Director of the Carter Immunology Center. He has served on multiple governmental and non-governmental panels dealing with the topics of Infectious Disease and Immunity, most recently as co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel on the future of the Influenza Research for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). His research interest focuses on how the body’s immune system copes with virus infections of the respiratory tract.