Dr. Paul Johnson, M.D.

Emory National Primate Research Center
Emory University

Paul Johnson, MD, is director of the Emory National Primate Research Center. Prior to joining the center in 2014, he served as director of the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC), chairman of the NEPRC Division of Immunology and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Among Johnson's research interests is identification of immune responses that can protect against HIV infection. "Analyzing protective immunity in macaques immunized with SIV is one of the best models we have to try to design better AIDS vaccines," he says. "The focus of my work is determining what sort of immune responses can best protect people against HIV."

In addition to his research and serving as director of the NEPRC, Johnson has held various leadership roles at Harvard Medical School, including director of the Developmental Research Core for the Harvard Center for AIDS Research and associate director of the Harvard Committee on Microbiologic Safety. He has served as a highly regarded mentor for numerous post-doctoral fellows and graduate students and has taught medical students, residents and fellows within the clinical service of Massachusetts General Hospital and for the Harvard Medical School Virology and Immunology Programs.