Michael McChesney, M.D.
My major work is in viral immunology dealing with acute infection by measles virus in a nonhuman primate model and persistent infection with the monkey AIDS virus, SIV. The focus is on cellular immune responses and immunopathology. The major goal is to develop novel vaccines for these infections. Recently we have developed a monkey model of influenza A viral infection and methods to study the innate immune response. Here, the goal is to develop novel vaccines and immunotherapeutics to prevent disease.
I have been working here at UC Davis, at the Primate Center, for fifteen years and plan to continue in this position, pursuing the research program described above and teaching graduate students.