Professional Activities

Primary Appointments:

Associate Professor of Pediatrics RT, Division of infectious Diseases Emory University School medicine

Previous Academic and Professional Appointments:

  • Associate Professor of Immunology with tenure                                          
    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA 98195
  • Assistant Professor of Immunology                                      
    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA 98195
  • Assistant Professor of MIcrobiology
    Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30329

Post Graduate Training:

  • Senior Research Fellow, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India, Ashok Khar, Ph.D. 1994-1995
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D. 1995-2000

Committee Memberships:

National and International

  • VA Merit Board Study section, 2001
  • NIH/CSR Study Section, 2002
  • Program Committee, 21 symposium on non-human primate models for AIDS, Seattle, 2003.        
  • Philip Morris External Research Program Committee, 2005
  • Puget Sound Partners for Global Health Scientific Review Committee, 2006
  • Review Panel Member, Special Emphasis Panel, NIH Respiratory Pathogens Research Centers, 2011
  • Review Panel Member, Special Emphasis Panel, NIH Partnerships for Development of Therapeutics and Diagnostics for Biodefense, 2012
  • Review Panel Member, NIH CSR Review Panel, Topics in Virology,, Nov 2012
  • Review Panel Member, NIH CSR Review Panel, NIAID Centers of Excellence in Translational Research (CETR), July 2013
  • Review Panel Member, NIH CSR Review Panel, NIA Immunity in the Elderly Review Panel, June 2013

Regional and State

  • WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana & Idaho) 1st year medical student curriculum committee, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Pacific Northwest RCE preliminary grant review committee, 2008
  • Invited Panel Member (Biotech Business Seminars series): 2012 American Telugu Association (ATA) convention, Atlanta, GA, July 2012
  • Invited Panel Member (Personalized Medicines and Vaccines) : 2012 Georgia Life Sciences Summit, Atlanta, GA, Oct 2012
  • USA-India Business Summit (USIBS), Georgia State Delegation to India, 2013


  • Faculty Director, Flow Cytometric Facility, Immunology, UW, 2002-2011
  • Cell Analysis Facility committee, Immunology, UW, 2002- 2011, as Chair
  • Graduate Student Qualifying Exam Committee, Immunology, UW,  in years 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Graduate Student Admission Committee, Immunology, UW, 2004, 2005. 2008, as Chair, 2009, 2010
  • Faculty Recruitment Committee, Immunology, UW, 2005
  • MCB Program Graduate Student Recruitment Committee, UW, 2006.
  • Advisory Board, CFAR Immunology Core, UW. 2003-2006
  • Faculty Search Committee, SBRI. & UW Pathobiology, 2002
  • K08 career transition advisory committee, Dr. Sing-Sing Way, Dept of Pediatrics & Immunology, 2005-2007
  • K08 career transition advisory committee, Dr. Grant Hughes, Dept of Rheumatology, 2005-2007
  • Junior Investigator T-32 training grant review committee, Dr. Vivian Vlamakis, Rheumatology, 2010.

Editorships and Editorial boards:

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Immunology, 2009-
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Microbial Immunity, 2010-

Manuscript Reviewer:

  • Blood, 2008-
  • Cellular Immunology, 2002-
  • International Immunology, 2007-
  • Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2007-
  • Journal of Immunology, 1998-
  • Journal of Experimental Medicine, 2006-
  • Journal of Virology, 2001-
  • Lancet, 2008-
  • Molecular and Cell Biology, 2009-
  • Virology, 2002-
  • Vaccine, 2008-
  • PLOS pathogens, 2009-
  • PLOS Biology, 2009-
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2001-

Honors and Awards:

  • Award of Excellence, CRR College, Andhra University, India, 1983
  • Merit Scholarship, Ministry of Human Resources, Govt. of India, 1986
  • Gold Medal in Biological Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India, 1988
  • Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, 1989-94
  • Best Poster in Immunology Award, Indian Immunological Society Meeting, 1991
  • Best Ph.D. Thesis in Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, 1995
  • Prof. Giri Memorial Award and Gold Medal, Indian Institute of Science, 1995
  • Hot Research paper, The Scientist, 2000 (Cited >1000 times Murali-Krishna et al, Immunity Feb 98)
  • American Association of Immunologists Travel Award, 2001
  • MilliClub, Emory University, 2012

Administrative Positions:

  • Program Committee, 21 Symposium on non-human primate models for AIDS, Seattle, 2003.       
  • Program Committee, Indo-US symposiam on Human Immunphenotyping Consortium (HIPC) Symposium, New Delhi, Aug 2012
  • The ICGEB-Emory Joint Vaccine Center co-sponsored workshop on tuberculosis- and Diabetes along with NIRT & ICGEB  (conducted on Aug 1st 2013, New Delhi).
  • Prigram committee, First Indo-US forum on vaccines and immunotherapy, Atlanta, GA Sept 2014

Sessions as Chair:

  • Co-Chai, American Association of Immunologists, Block Symposium on Immune Memory, Seattle, WA 2009.
  • Co-Chair, International Symposium on Vaccines, Discovery to Translation, Session on Cutting Edge of Vaccine Immunology, New Delhi, India, Nov 2011.
  • Co-Chair, Indo-US symposium on Human Immunophenotyping (HIPC), New Delhi, Aug 2012.
  • Co-Chair, International Symposium on HIV and Infectious Diseases, Chennai, Jan 2012
  • Panel discussion member in Georgia Bio’s 11th Annual Georgia Life Sciences Summit, Oct 2012
  • Invited panel member, Gates Foundation- Indian Government DBT co-organized meeting on translational research, New Delhi, June 2012
  • Invited participating panel member, Indian Government Department of Biotechnology sponsored regional meeting on Dengue Prevention and Control , New Delhi, India, Sept 2012

Other Activities:

  • External Thesis examiner, for Graduate Students:
  • Adeeb Rehman, University of Pennsylvania
  • Vikram Palanivel, University of Pennsylvania
  • Brian Reikie, Vaccine Evaluation Center Univ BC, Canada
  • Participant, physician scientist career training program for underrepresented minorities, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Course chair coordinator for the first year medical student immunology course program in the Pacific Northwest States WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana,  & Idaho) program.


Murali-Krishna Kaja, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics


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