Karen Kotloff, MD

Karen Kotloff PortraitKaren Kotloff, MD, a pediatric infectious disease expert, has made major contributions to the field of vaccine development in the developing world.

Kotloff is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and head of Infectious Disease and Tropical Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also is the associate director for clinical research at the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health. She is a member of the American Epidemiological Society and a fellow of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Kotloff has led numerous large epidemiological studies and clinical trials to evaluate vaccines against a wide range of infections in the United States and developing countries. She is the principal investigator of four grants funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the prevention of death among infants and children in developing countries. She also is the principal investigator of a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease-funded vaccine treatment and evaluation unit. She has published more than 200 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.