Staats Appointed Vice Chair for Research

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Herman Staats has accepted the position of Vice Chair for Research.

Dr. Staats arrived at Duke in 1993 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine. After starting his faculty career in the Department of Medicine, he joined the Department of Pathology in 2003 and has risen to the rank of Professor of Pathology. His laboratory research focuses on the development and testing of novel adjuvants for use with vaccines for infectious diseases.   He is currently the PI of NIH-funded projects (R01, contract) to evaluate mucosal immunization strategies for HIV vaccines and to develop new vaccine adjuvants.  He served as a permanent member on the NIH study section Vaccines for Microbial Diseases and currently serves as an editor for Clinical and Vaccine Immunology.    He has served on numerous Duke University and School of Medicine committees including the Academic Council, Research Policy Committee, Basic Sciences Faculty Steering Committee, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee and the Standing Committee on Misconduct in Research.    He currently serves as the Director of the Duke Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental Core that provides resources and services to CFAR members to enhance career development.  In this new role, Dr. Staats will be in charge of the day-to-day operation of the Experimental Pathology division and will work with me to expand the research portfolio of our department. He will be responsible for establishing policies for the Division, recruiting new research faculty, setting up a mentoring program for the junior research faculty, and organizing research-related activities of the department. These are all essential responsibilities as our Department embarks on a phase of rapid expansion. 

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Staats on his new position.

Jiaoti Huang, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathology