Richard Compans

Richard Compans is a professor in and former chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology as well as Scientific Director of the Influenza Pathogenesis and Immunology Research Center (IPIRC), both in the Emory University School of Medicine. He additionally holds a professorship in the Emory Vaccine Center and is the Investigator for the Emory Center for AIDS Research. With over 30 years of academic experience and 15 patents to his name, Dr. Compans primarily studies viral surface glycoproteins and their interactions with the immune system as a means of developing novel vaccine treatments. These techniques are applied to the study of diseases such as HIV, influenza, and Ebola. During his tenure at Emory, Dr. Compans has received multiple awards – such as the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award and the Georgia Research Alliance’s Catalyst Award.


HIV Vaccine Using Virus-Like Particles (VLPs)
Novel Vaccine Antigen Presentation Platforms
Drug Discovery
Medical Device
Micro and Nanotechnology
Research Tools