Dr. Gadjeva is an internationally recognized immunologist with research interests in host-bacterial pathogenesis. She has an undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biochemistry from Sofia University, Bulgaria, and Oxford University, UK, and a postdoctoral training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. She rose through the ranks of Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professor at BWH/HMS. Currently, Dr. Gadjeva’s laboratory is at BWH/HMS and hosts graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to explore how commensals induce signals at mucosal surfaces to control innate immunity to pathogens. The objective is to leverage this knowledge to discover novel therapeutic approaches to strengthen immunity during bacterial infections. Dr. Gadjeva has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts of and review articles. She has received continuous peer-reviewed, NIH grant support from for the past 11 years and recently received an HMS Innovation Grant in the Basic and Social Sciences. Dr. Gadjeva’s contributions have been recognized by a First Place ARVO-AFER Merck Innovative Ophthalmology Award. Dr. Gadjeva is serving as a member of NIH and DOD study sections, a reviewer for leading journals in the field, and an adviser to the Biotechnology Graduate degree program at Harvard University.