Rustom ANTIA
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor
Department of Biology
Emory University
1510 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30307

email: rustom.antia at

Graduate programs I participate in at Emory
1. Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Program  (IMP)
2. Population Biology Evolution and Ecology Program  (PBEE)

Academic History

1994-present: Emory University
1991-1994: Post-doc at Imperial College
1984-1990: Graduate Studies in the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1978-1983: Masters student in Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay

Research Interests

My research interests span a range of problems on host-pathogen interactions, and involves modeling across scales.

  • At the within-host scale, we study the dynamics of infections. Doing so requires integrating models of the replication of viruses with the dynamics of generation of immune responses (virology and immunology).
  • At the between-host scale, we explore the dynamics of spread of infections between individuals in the population (epidemiology).
  • Linking processes at within-host and epidemiological scales allows us to address basic questions on the roles of immunity, ecology and evolution on the emergence of pathogens and changes in their virulence.

A current focus of my research is the dynamics of responses to influenza and viruses that exhibit strain variation. This research is done in collaboration with a number of experimental groups including those of Dr. Rafi Ahmed and Dr. Jacob Kohlmeier at Emory and Dr. Mark Slifka at OSHU.

My group is relatively small, consisting of a couple of post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates.

Acknowledgments and Grant Support

My research has been generously supported by grants from the NIH.