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 ISIRV AWARDS: Geoffrey Schild Award 2020            Dr Raffael Nachbagauer 

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Dr. Raffael Nachbagauer is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. After completing his medical studies at the Medical University of Vienna in 2013, Dr. Nachbagauer worked in the laboratories of Florian Krammer and Peter Palese at Mount Sinai towards his PhD degree which he defended in 2016 at the University of Vienna. In 2017, he was promoted to Research Assistant Professor, followed by a promotion to an independent tenure track position in 2019.

His research at Mount Sinai focuses on the immune responses to viral infections and vaccinations, as well as the development of vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapeutics. As part of his research, Dr. Nachbagauer worked on the preclinical development and subsequent clinical trials for novel, broadly protective influenza virus vaccines. Another major research focus of his is to identify new correlates of protection against influenza virus infection, which will provide better predictive values and aid the further development of next generation vaccines. During his research career, he has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles.