Chris Karp leads the team that targets fundamental scientific and technological advances in global health to create and improve preventive and therapeutic interventions for infectious diseases, as well as conditions that affect mothers, infants, and children in the area of family health.
An immunologist, infectious diseases specialist, and internist, Chris joined the foundation in 2012 as deputy director, Vaccines & Host-Pathogen Biology on the Global Health Discovery & Translational Sciences team. Prior to the foundation, he was on the faculty of the departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and founded the division of Molecular Immunology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation, where he was Esiason/Bell Professor of Pediatrics. His academic scientific career focused on defining the mechanisms underlying the regulation and dysregulation of inflammatory responses in infectious, allergic and genetic diseases, with a focus on diseases of children.
Chris received an undergraduate degree (summa cum laude, with high honors in philosophy) from Brandeis University and an M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he was a Morehead Fellow. He trained in medicine at Brown University and Georgetown University, and then was an NRSA fellow in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at NIAID, and an infectious diseases fellow at Johns Hopkins.