Dr. Kanekiyo serves as Scientific Lead of the Influenza Program at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC), NIAID, NIH. In this role, he leads scientific research on basic, preclinical, and translational aspects of candidate influenza vaccines developed in the VRC. In addition, he is Head of Molecular Immunoengineering Unit, in which his team tackles complex immunology and vaccinology questions utilizing techniques in immunoengineering, protein engineering, molecular virology, synthetic biology, structural biology, and biochemistry. Dr. Kanekiyo is an immunologist, and a virologist who studies vaccine technologies, viral immunity, and host pathogen interaction. His work is centered on influenza virus, herpesvirus, and (re)emerging viruses. Dr. Kanekiyo obtained his D.V.M. from the Nihon University, Japan in 2002, and earned his Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine with concentration on Molecular and Microbiology at the Nihon University Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Prior to the current appointment he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gary Nabel at the VRC focusing on HIV and influenza immunogen design. Dr. Kanekiyo is an inventor of several vaccine related technologies including the self-assembling nanoparticle-based influenza vaccines, that are currently evaluated in human phase I clinical trials.