Randy A. Albrecht, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology; Director, Emerging Pathogens Facility
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Albrecht earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana in 2003 under the mentorship of Dr. Dennis J. O'Callaghan. He conducted his postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. García-Sastre in the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.
Specific areas of research have focused on developing novel influenza vaccines, studying humoral responses of animals and humans to influenza vaccines, developing immunological reagents and assays to examine the adaptive immune response of ferrets, testing the protective efficacy of novel influenza vaccines in small animal models of influenza disease, and in vitro assays of antibody-mediated virus neutralization. Novel influenza vaccines that induce protective immunity against more conserved antigens such as the hemagglutinin stalk domain are an exciting and rapidly developing area of research on influenza virus vaccines. These vaccine approaches hold the promise to induce broadly neutralizing antibody and cellular immune responses that could confer increased protection against antigenic drift and possibly against pandemic influenza. Dr. Albrecht has contributed to preclinical research studies that have examined in the ferret model of influenza the potential of sequential immunization regimens with vaccines that are designed to focus humoral immune responses against the conserved hemagglutinin stalk domain.
Dr. Albrecht, an active member of ISV, serves as the Editor of the ISV newsletter. Dr. Albrecht served on the Scientific Organizing Committee for the 2018 ISV Annual Congress held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), and was elected a member of the ISV Board (2020-2021).