Dr Meghna Ramaswamy (chair)

Dr Meghna Ramaswamy’s research into HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) began when she was a Research Fellow at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Over the past ten years, she has done extensive research related to HIV/AIDS and Herpes simplex virus infections (HSV) in UK and Europe. In 2007 she joined the Centre for AIDS Reagents at the National Institute of Biological Standards and Control to promote, develop and lead the facility. Under her leadership, she provided technical advice to various national and international organisations, including the World Health Organisation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (WHO-UNAIDS) and the Gates Foundation in areas of vaccine research, biobanking, standardisation, and product development.

Currently her research is primarily focussed on HIV vaccines and prevention strategies. Her committment to the field has led to the development of several projects which brings together scientists to promote translation of scientific knowledge into improved HIV prevention programs. She has served in many senior capacities and leadership roles at national and international levels and has authored numerous publications in vaccine development, and diagnostics for HIV and HSV infections.

Dr Ramaswamy received her Masters degree in Virology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Clinical Infection from the University College of London.  During her academic career she received numerous awards from the European Commission under Framework 6 and 7, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, the British HIV Association and the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.