R. Paul Johnson, MD

Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine


Yerkes National Primate Research Center


R. Paul Johnson, MD, is a professor of medicine in the Emory Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He most recently served as director of the New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC), chairman of the NEPRC Division of Immunology and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Paul Johnson's research interests include the identification of immune responses that can protect against HIV infection.  

In addition to his research and serving as director of the NEPRC, Johnson has held various leadership roles at Harvard Medical School, including director of the Developmental Research Core for the Harvard Center for AIDS Research and associate director of the Harvard Committee on Microbiologic Safety. He has served as a highly regarded mentor for numerous post-doctoral fellows and graduate students and has taught medical students, residents and fellows within the clinical service of Massachusetts General Hospital and for the Harvard Medical School Virology and Immunology Programs. 

Johnson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with a Certification in Infectious Diseases. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the recipient of multiple national and international awards in AIDS research, including the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award. He has published nearly 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as book chapters, monographs and editorials. 

Johnson received his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Duke University and his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. He served as chief resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital and as a clinical and research fellow in infectious disease at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.