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Yerkes Researcher Dr. Amara Featured on Revisionist History Podcast

December 10, 2020

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Along with Emory University president Gred Fenves, Yerkes researcher Rama Amara, PhD, is featured on a bonus episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast, “Druid Hills.” Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath. Revisionist History reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood.

Dr. Amara is an expert in developing vaccines against infectious diseases. He is well-known for his work on understanding the pathogenesis and immune correlates for HIV/AIDS with a major focus on developing novel prophylactic vaccines and therapy approaches to control HIV/AIDS.

He quickly changed focus in early 2020 to apply knowledge from his more than 20 years in HIV/AIDS vaccine work to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Amara received a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for this research and was previously featured talking about his COVID-19 vaccine in the season 2 opening episode of "Your Fantastic Mind." 

Learn the latest about Dr. Amara’s COVID-19 vaccine in the Revisionist History podcast.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include the Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. Emory Healthcare includes: The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.5 billion budget, 17,600 employees, 2,500 full-time and 1,500 affiliated faculty, 4,700 students and trainees, and a $5.7 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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