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Kawsar R. Talaat, MD

  • Associate Scientist

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 249
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MD, University of Washington, 1997
BS, University of Washington, 1993


My current research focuses on clinical trials of vaccines for potential pandemic influenza strains. At the Center for Immunization Research, we conduct phase I and II clinical trials of vaccine candidates for many diverse pathogens. As part of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan, we plan and execute phase I trials evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of a number of influenza vaccine candidates targeting strains with pandemic potential. Also, as I am trained in Infectious Diseases and parasitology, I retain an interest in tropical medicine and international health.

  • International Health
  • Vaccines
  • Pandemic Influenza
  • Enteric Vaccines
  • ETEC
  • Shigella
  • Human Challenge Models

Selected publications from the last 5 years.

  • Talaat, K. R., Luke, C. J., Khurana, S., Manischewitz, J., King, L. R., McMahon, B. A., Karron, R. A., Lewis, K., Qin, J., Follmann, D., Golding, H., Neuzil, K., Subbarao, K. A live attenuated H5N1 vaccine induces long-term immunity in the absence of a primary antibody response. J Infect Dis 2014; 209(12):1860-9. PMID: 24604819.
  • Talaat, K. R., Ellis, R. D., Hurd, J., Hentrich, A., Gabriel, E., Hynes, N. A., Rausch, K. M., Zhu, D., Muratova, O., Herrera, R., Anderson, C., Jones, D., Aebig, J., Brockley, S., MacDonald, N.J., Wang, X., Fay, M. P., Healy, S. A., Durbin, A. P., Narum, D. L., Wu, Y., and Duffy, P. E. Safety and Immunogenicity of Pfs25-EPA/Alhydrogel®, a Transmission Blocking Vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum: An Open Label Study in Malaria Naïve Adults. PLoS One. 2016 October 17; 11(10): e0163144. PMID: 27749907.
  • Halsey, N. A., Talaat, K. R., Greenbaum, A., Mensah, E., Dudley, M., Proveaux, T. and Salmon, D. A. The Safety of Influenza Vaccines in Children: an Institute for Vaccine Safety White Paper. Vaccine, Supplement 2015 Dec 30;33 Suppl 5:F1-F67. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.10.080. PMID: 26822822. (Commissioned by the WHO).
  • Talaat, K. R., Karron, R. A., Thumar, B., McMahon, B. A., Schmidt, A. C., Collins, P. L., and Buchholz, U. J. Experimental Infection of Adults with Recombinant Wild-Type Human Metapneumovirus (rHMPV-SHs) J Infect Dis, 2013; 208:1669-78. PMID: 23908489.
  • Coehling, K. L., Luke, C. J., Jin, H., and Talaat, K. R. Development of live attenuated influenza vaccines against pandemic influenza strains. Expert Rev Vaccines 2014; 13(7): 855-71. PMID: 24867587.