Kent E. Kester

The United States Army, USA


Kent Kester graduated with a B.S. degree from Bucknell and received his M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Maryland and his infectious disease fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Following completion of his fellowship, he was assigned to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) where he served in a variety of positions: Director of the Malaria Serology Reference Laboratory, Chief of the Clinical Malaria Vaccine Development Program, and Chief of the Department of Clinical Trials. He also directed the WRAIR Clinical Trials Center, Director of the Division of Regulated Activities, and Deputy Commander. From 2008 to 2011, he served as the Commander of the WRAIR. Since September 2011, Colonel Kester has served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences. A malaria vaccine researcher with over 50 authored/coauthored scientific manuscripts and book chapters, Colonel Kester has played a major role in the development of the candidate malaria vaccine known as RTS,S, safely conducting the largest number of experimental malaria challenge studies to date. He is a peer reviewer of a variety of scientific journals, as well as a member of multiple NIAID Safety Monitoring Committees. He currently serves as the Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General in Medical Research and Development, as well as a Member of the Steering Committee of the USUHS Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program. Board-certified in Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases and a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America, Colonel Kester holds faculty appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the University of Maryland, and Georgetown University. His areas of expertise include malaria, vaccine development, global health, infectious diseases, drug development, clinical trials, parasitic disease, HIV/AIDS, and immunology.

Biography Updated on 30 July 2012

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