Dr. Gilla Kaplan, senior advisor at the foundation, leads the Global Health Program’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Kaplan was Professor of Medicine and Head of Laboratory at the Public Health Research Institute of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she specialized in the study of mycobacterial immunity and pathogenesis. Dr. Kaplan’s expertise encompasses studies of human disease and animal models to better understand host immune responses and the role of cytokine production and regulation in the pathogenesis of microbial infections. For the past 30 years, Dr. Kaplan has been studying the role of macrophage activation in the host response to mycobacterial infections, including leprosy and tuberculosis.
Dr. Kaplan was an Immunologist in the Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology at the Rockefeller University in New York where she was an Associate Professor. Dr. Kaplan has been a Director of Celgene Corporation since April 1998. She also serves on a number of scientific advisory boards in the US and South Africa.
Dr. Kaplan holds an Msc and PhD in Cellular Immunology from the University of Tromsø in Norway.