Raphael Valdivia, PhD studies how beneficial and pathogenic microbes interact with their hosts at the molecular level. His laboratory has developed and applied new genetic, genomic, structural, and cell biological approaches to probe the host-microbe interface. In the process he has identified and characterized new virulence factors and developed novel functional genomic tools that can be applied to study the many clinically important microbes that are traditionally difficult to study in the laboratory. He’s an internationally recognized authority in the cell biology of Chlamydia infections and the current president of the Chlamydia Basic Research Society. Dr. Valdivia has earned recognition as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, a recipient of the Merck Irving S. Sigal Award from the ASM, and as a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. Dr. Valdivia serves as an editor in multiple journals, NIH review panels, and was the Vice Dean for Basic Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine from 2014-2019. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Academy of Microbiology.