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Dr. Deborah Palliser

Dr. Deborah Palliser
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Joined the faculty: March 2007
Previous position: Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School

Why I Chose Einstein 

One of the great things about Einstein is that it’s very collegial. People are interested in your research and want to work with you.

What I Love About Working Here 

It’s very collaborative. Although I have been here for a short time, I am already involved in various collaborations. My lab takes part in a joint group meeting, held each week, with other labs from different departments. It’s a great forum for lab members to present their work and get feedback. Einstein also has good core resources and is always looking ahead to provide investigators with the latest technologies required for their research.

What’s Most Exciting About My Research at the Moment 

I work on RNA interference, which is a very hot topic. The 2006 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine and the 2008 Lasker Prize were awarded for seminal discoveries in the field of RNAi. There is a lot of excitement in using RNAi as a therapeutic agent, and results from clinical trials targeting macular degeneration and certain viral infections are promising. However, RNAi delivery will be an important determinant for clinical success, and this is something we are focusing on. When you combine the basic science here at Einstein with access to a large patient population through the medical school’s affiliated hospitals, you have the potential to carry out interesting research and see it tested in a clinical setting.


By the Numbers



Number of scientific papers published last year


Scientific Laboratories

$170 million

Einstein's NIH Funding for 2011


Top-10-ranked Departments for Faculty Research Productivity (Chronicle of Higher Education)

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