Thomas Voss, Ph.D

Thomas Voss, Ph.D

Director of Operations, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center

Research Professor, Department of Pediatrics


 

Dr. Voss received his BS in microbiology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his PhD in microbiology and immunology from Tulane University where he characterized viral entry mechanisms focused on structure and function of viral fusion proteins for HIV in the laboratory of Robert Garry, Ph.D. A recipient of the American Society for Microbiology/National Center for Infectious Diseases Postdoctoral Associates Award, he completed postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Clarence J. (CJ) Peters, MD in the Special Pathogens Branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta Georgia where he characterized virus-endothelial cell interactions and their role in vascular leak in hemorrhagic fever virus infection (Ebola, Marburg, Sin Nombre virus). Dr. Voss completed a clinical laboratory fellowship in the Division of Internal Medicine, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the Universitätspital at the University of Zurich Switzerland. After postdoctoral training, Dr. Voss has held multiple positions at Southern Research Institute (Vice President of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Homeland Security), a faculty position at Tulane University School of Medicine (Associate Professor (tenure) of Microbiology and Immunology) and SRI International (Vice President of SRI Biosciences). His research interests are virus-host interactions, animal models of human viral infectious diseases, and emergence of novel viruses from animal hosts to humans. Over his research career, Dr. Voss has led or participated in the discovery and development of 4 antiviral compounds now used in humans, 3 vaccine products licensed for human use, and assisted the US and other governments around issues related to bioterrorism or misuse of biotechnology. With more than 25 years of experience in high containment virology, he is a recognized expert in lab design, programming, and operation for BSL3 and BSL4 laboratories. He is a member of the American Society for Virology, AAAS, and the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory viruses. Dr. Voss is married to Elizabeth L. Voss, Esq. and they have five children.