Aneesh Thakur

Vaccine Formulation & Delivery Group

Dr. Aneesh Thakur is an immunologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization. He earned his DVM and MVSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, India. From 2007-2009, he was a research scientist in the Tuberculosis Aerosol Challenge Facility at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi. He attended graduate school at the Technical University of Denmark and completed his PhD in Immunology. He then joined the CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology. From 2016-2020, he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Copenhagen and became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy. Dr. Thakur joined VIDO in 2022 to establish and lead a research group focused on vaccine formulations for mucosal delivery.

His research is highly multidisciplinary and involves (i) the development of next-generation nanoparticle-based formulation strategies to enhance efficacy of subunit and nucleic acid-based vaccines and therapies and (ii) strategies for controlled modulation of pulmonary T cell immunity using adjuvants. He investigates topics at the interface of immunology, drug delivery, and nanotechnology to pursue novel vaccine designs for translational applications against infectious diseases.

Research Interests:

  • Pulmonary immunity by vaccination
  • Messenger RNA delivery systems and vaccines
  • Mucosal vaccines and adjuvants
  • Thermostable vaccines