Genome Immunobiology RIKEN Hakubi Research Team


Team Leader

Nicholas F. Parrish, M.D. Ph.D.


After undergraduate research on microbial population genetics at Emory University with Bruce R. Levin, I studied HIV-1 transmission in the lab of Beatrice H. Hahn. I did a fellowship with Keizo Tomonaga at Kyoto University during my final year in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, then continued clinical training in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. I am interested in how organisms and genomes evolve to distinguish “self” from “non-self.”


Education and Research Positions:

2004-2007       B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University

2007-2011       M.D./Ph.D. course in Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2011-2015       M.D./Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania

2014                JSPS Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Virus Research, Kyoto University

2015-2018       General Surgery resident physician, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

2018-               Genome Immunobiology RIKEN Hakubi Team Leader, Center for Integrative Medical Sciences



2009, 2011      Young Investigator Award, Conference on Retrovirology and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)

2011                Young investigator Award, Centers for HIV-1/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI)

2012                Pre-doctoral Student Award, CHAVI Immunogen Design Pre-Doctoral Student Award

2014                Richard K. Root Prize, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

2015                Human Frontiers Science Program Long-term Postdoctoral Fellowship (Declined)

2018                J. Kenneth Jacobs Research Scholarship Award, Vanderbilt University Medical Center