Nominating Committee

The five members of the Nominating Committee are elected by the membership from a slate of nine candidates prepared by Council. The nominee receiving the highest number of votes serves as chair of the committee. In case of a tie vote, lots are drawn.


The AAI Nominating Committee is dedicated to identifying and recommending outstanding AAI members as candidates for election to AAI leadership positions, taking into account the diversity reflected in members’ scientific expertise and experience, research interests, geography, institution, ethnicity, and gender.

Each year, the Nominating Committee develops a slate of qualified member candidates eligible to stand for election to the AAI Council and to the five AAI committees that include elected members: the Awards Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Program Committee, and Publications Committee.

The slate of candidates developed by the Nominating Committee is submitted for consideration by the AAI Council, which approves those to be invited to stand as candidates in the annual AAI election.


Virginia Shapiro, Ph.D. (’20), Chair
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Immunology
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Mayo Clinic
Virginia Shapiro website

Julie Magarian Blander, Ph.D. (’20)
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
Julie Magarian Blander website

Jose R. Conejo-Garcia, M.D., Ph.D. (’20)
Department of Immunology Chair and Senior Member
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Jose Conejo-Garcia website

Jessica A. Hamerman, Ph.D. (’20)
Associate Member
Benaroya Research Institute
Affiliate Associate Professor
University of Washington
Jessica Hamerman website

Lawrence P. Kane, Ph.D. (’20)
University of Pittsburgh
Lawrence Kane website

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