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Dr. Dan Barouch to lead Beth Israel Deaconess center for vaccine research

Dr. Dan Barouch has been chosen to lead a new center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center focused on immunology and vaccines.

The Center for Virology and Vaccine Research was created by merging two divisions on vaccine research and viral pathogenesis, the latter of which was led by renowned HIV researcher Dr. Norman Letvin, who died in May.

Barouch is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and has led the hospital’s division of vaccine research since 2009.

Dr. Mark Zeidel, chairman of the Department of Medicine said in a press release that Letvin’s death has been difficult for the community of researchers focused on HIV. The new center and Barouch’s leadership will continue the hospital’s “pioneering work in developing preventive strategies and treatments for HIV,” he said.

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Barouch studied medicine at Harvard and has a doctorate in immunology from Oxford University. He trained in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He began working at the Letvin laboratory as a postdoctoral research fellow in 1995 and has been with the hospital since.

Work in his own laboratory has focused on HIV prevention and is affiliated with major national and international efforts to develop a vaccine. Barouch is a chairman of the AIDS Vaccine 2012 conference, which will be held in Boston next month.


Chelsea Conaboy can be reached at cconaboy@boston.com. Follow her on Twitter @cconaboy.