Nina Derby is a scientist, principal investigator, and lab head in the HIV and AIDS program at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research (CBR). In her capacity, she leads the Council’s study of the role of the dendritic cell (DC) - T cell environment in HIV transmission and disease progression.
Derby joined the Council in 2007 as a post-doctoral fellow and immediately began making important contributions to CBR’s HIV work. Over the years she has been integral to the Council’s basic biology research and the microbicides efficacy testing in macaques. She has advanced to more senior roles, and in 2015 became a lab head and a principal investigator. She is most proud of her work establishing the first rhesus macaque model of herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1)/simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) co-infection to complement the HSV-2/SIV co-infection models previously developed at the Council. Overall Derby is most passionate about identifying factors that contribute to and prevent HIV transmission, particularly underlying common co-infections and innate immunity, so that new prevention strategies and therapies can be identified.
Additionally, Derby has been involved with and led the execution and publication of numerous studies in peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Virology, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, and PLoS ONE.
She has a BA in biochemistry from Smith College and PhD in pathobiology from the University of Washington.