Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
   Tulane University School of Medicine
   1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
   New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
   Telephone: (504) 988-5150
John D. Clements, Ph.D.

 Research Interests:

- Bacterial Pathogenesis
- Molecular aspects of the host-parasite relationship
- Vaccine Development

Recently, a great deal of effort has been directed towards replacement of existing whole cell or formalin inactivated vaccines with subunit vaccines that may be safer and more effective than existing vaccines. Still other efforts are directed at developing alternatives to traditional vaccine delivery, including mucosal and transcutaneous delivery.

Mucosally and transcutaneously delivered vaccines offer a number of potential advantages over traditional vaccines including 1) the potential to confer mucosal as well as systemic immunity, 2) increased stability, 3) increased shelf-life, and 4) elimination of needles and the need for specially trained healthcare specialists to administer vaccines.

Dr. Clements's Vaccine Research Laboratory is developing powerful new techniques for vaccination against bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases, including novel adjuvants (substances that enhance the immune response to foreign antigens) and delivery systems (nanocarriers for vaccine delivery).

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John D. Clements, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
New Orleans, LA, 70112

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000