Headshot photo of Jonah B. Sacha, Ph.D.

Jonah B. Sacha, Ph.D.

  • Professor, VGTI-Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
  • Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, School of Medicine


Dr. Sacha graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with a B.A. in German and B.S. in Biology.  After receiving his Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, he joined the faculty at UW-Madison where he researched the characteristics of effective retrovirus-specific CD8+ and CD4+ T cells.  In 2011, he joined the Oregon Health & Science University and has appointments in both the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute and Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Education and training

    • B.S., 2003, University of Missouri
    • Ph.D., 2007, University of Wisconsin
    • Ph.D., 2007, University of Wisconsin

Memberships and associations:

  • Member, American Society of Microbiology
  • Member, Society for Leukocyte Biology
  • Member, International AIDS Society
  • Member, American Society of Hematology

Areas of interest

  • T cell Biology
  • Retroviruses
  • Vaccine development

Honors and awards

  • 2013 - Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Award
  • 2011 - AIDS Vaccine Conference Scholarship Award
  • 2011 - Young Investigator Editor for AIDS Research & Human Retroviruses
  • 2008 - Nonhuman Primate Symposium Young Investigator Scholarship
  • 2008 - University of Wisconsin-Madison Vilas Travel Scholarship
  • 2007 - Keystone Symposia: HIV Vaccines Young Investigator Scholarship
  • 2003 - National Science Foundation REU Graduate Fellowship
  • 2003 - Bachelor of Science with Departmental Honors
  • 2003 - Bachelor of Science with Honors, cum laude
  • 2003 - Bachelor of Arts with Honors, cum laude
  • 1997 - Rotary International Youth Ambassador to Germany
  • 1997 - Bright Flight Undergraduate Scholarship (maintained all years at University of Missouri)



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