Dr. John Clements is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine. After receiving his doctorate in 1979 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Dr. Clements completed a National Research Council Associateship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. In 1980, Dr. Clements was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. In 1982, Dr. Clements joined the faculty at Tulane University. Dr. Clements has served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology since 1999. Dr. Clements served as Vice Dean for Research from 2006 to 2009 and as Director of the Tulane Center for Infectious Diseases from 2009 - 2014.
Dr. Clements maintains an active research program focused on development of vaccines against infectious diseases. His research has been continuously funded from a variety of Public Health Service, Department of Defense, and philanthropic sources. Research in Dr. Clements’s laboratory has resulted in more than 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters and thirteen issued patents. His current research includes development of vaccines against polio, tuberculosis, shigellosis, and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.
Dr. Clements has served on numerous scientific panels and Editorial Boards and was an Editor for Infection and Immunity from 1999 - 2005. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the PATH Enteric Vaccine initiative. In 2002, Dr. Clements chaired the committee to review all Military Infectious Disease Research Programs for the Department of Defense. Dr. Clements trained as a UN Weapons Inspector (UNMOVIC) and in 2003 and again in 2004, Dr. Clements served as a member of the Iraq Survey Group in Baghdad as a Subject Matter Expert in weapons of mass destruction and dual use equipment and programs for the Department of Defense. Dr. Clements was formerly a member of the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board (AFEB), the Defense Health Board, and the Public Health Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board – a federal advisory committee.
In 2009, Dr. Clements was a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on biosafety and personnel reliability in laboratories that conduct research of biological select agents and toxins. From 2010-2012, he served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) H1N1 Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group (VSRAWG). In 2011, Dr. Clements became a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on developing a framework for an international faculty development project on education about research in the life sciences with dual use potential. He subsequently chaired two international workshops in support of this committee, including the Education Institute for Responsible Research on Infectious Diseases, Aqaba, Jordon (2012) and the Educational Institute of Responsible Science, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013). In 2013, Dr. Clements also chaired a National Academies of Sciences international workshop on Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Developing an Initial International Roadmap in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2017, Dr. Clements became a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on Strategies for Effective Biologic Detection Systems.
Dr. Clements is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served on active duty from 1966-1972 and in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1972-1991. He was Honorably Discharged at the rank of LTCOL from the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1991.
- Bacterial Pathogenesis
- Molecular aspects of the host-parasite relationship
- Vaccine Development
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