Skip to Content
Bertram Jacobs

Bertram Jacobs

Professor, Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, Biodesign Institute


School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874051
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501


  • Director, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Professor, Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, Biodesign Institute
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Bertram Jacobs is currently serving as School of Life Sciences Director and as a professor of virology. As part of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, his research is focused on developing a vaccine for HIV — one that prevents infection or extends the lives of HIV patients. Jacobs also leads a group of students every summer to sub-Saharan Africa to teach AIDS prevention to the international community.

Jacobs is one of the world’s foremost experts on a poxvirus called vaccinia, a cousin of the smallpox virus. He has genetically engineered vaccinia as a vehicle against a number of infectious agents, bioterrorism threats, cancer, and other viruses, including HIV.

He also assists HIV/AIDS-related support organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Director’s for Aunt Rita’s Foundation, on the Advisory Board for Support for International Change, and on the Board of Directors for HEAL.


Journal Articles


Jancovich, J. K., J. Mao, V. G. Chinchar, C. Wyatt, S. T. Case, S. Kumar, G. Valente, S. Subramanian, E. W. Davidson, J. P. Collins and B. L. Jacobs. 2003. Genomic sequence of a ranavirus (family Iridoviridae) associated with salamander mortalities in North America. Virology 316(1):90-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2003.08.001. (link )


Jancovich, J. K., E. W. Davidson, J. F. Morado, B. L. Jacobs and J. P. Collins. 1997. Isolation of a lethal virus from the endangered tiger salamander Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 31(3):161-167. DOI: 10.3354/dao031161. (link )