Kenneth Roland

Kenneth Roland

Associate Research Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy

Bio

Dr. Kenneth Roland is currently an associate research professor in the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the Biodesign Institute.  Dr. Roland received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Auburn University.  He received a master’s degree in biology followed by a Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He had his post-doctoral training at the University of Arizona and was a research assistant professor at Emory University.   He then spent 14 years in the private sector developing live bacterial vaccines for agricultural animals and for humans.   In that role, he was part of a team that developed the first live attenuated Salmonella vaccine for poultry licensed by the USDA.  He also developed a traveler’s vaccine that is currently in advanced clinical trials. He is an inventor on three issued patents and has authored over fifty original research papers.


Expertise

Salmonella genetics and the role of specific genes in pathogenesis.  Genetic modification of Salmonella and other bacteria for use as vaccines.

Current projects

My lab is involved in developing poultry vaccines for two general purposes: (i) to enhance food safety by preventing colonization by Salmonella and Campylobacter and other zoonotic pathogens and (ii) to prevent diseases such as necrotic enteritis and fowl typhoid that directly impact poultry health. We are also interested in investigating novel approaches that enhance the immunogenicity of live Salmonella vaccines for humans.