Charu Kaushic is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-Institute of Infection and Immunity
She is also a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine in McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
In her role as the Scientific Director for CIHR-III, Dr Kaushic is responsible for making decisions for CIHR strategic investments around infection and immunity, nationally and internationally. She also represents CIHR and Government of Canada at various national and international forums related to infectious diseases. In this capacity she serves as the Chair of GloPID-R, a global consortium of funders in pandemic preparedness and emergency response research. She also represents Canada on the JPIAMR Steering Committee.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been closely involved in shaping CIHR’s research response to the pandemic and is serving on COVID-19 National Immunity Task Force. D. Kaushic is an immunologist by training and has an active interdisciplinary research program in women’s reproductive health, examining susceptibility and immune responses to sexually transmitted viruses, HIV-1 and HSV-2.