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Daniel Kulp, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center

Kulp has more than 15 years of experience developing molecular design software and leading protein engineering projects. He joined Wistar from The Scripps Research Institute and International AIDS Vaccine Initiative where he was a principal scientist.

Kulp received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, followed by a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed postdoctoral training in structure-based and experimental protein engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Kulp Laboratory

The Kulp Laboratory

The Kulp laboratory focuses on rational vaccine and therapeutic antibody design for a variety of priority infectious diseases (e.g. Lassa Virus, HIV, Influenza) and cancer targets. The ultimate test of the lab’s understanding of B cell immune responses is to design new immunogens that drive predictable antibody maturation. To that end, the lab is interested in the development and application of protein engineering methods for modifying antigen/cell receptor interfaces, antigen/antibody interfaces, antigen surface properties and core stabilization.

  • Postdoctoral Fellows

    Jinwei Huang, Ph.D.
    Kylie Konrath, Ph.D.

  • Graduate Students

    Michaela Helble (Ph.D.)
    Rumi Habib (Ph.D.)
    Niklas Laenger (Ph.D.)
    Shahlo Solieva (Ph.D.)
    Yuanhan Wu (Ph.D)
    Colby Agostino (Ph.D.)
    Martina Tomirotti (Ph.D.)
    Sam Garfinkle (M.D./Ph.D.)
    Andrew Nelson (M.D./Ph.D.)
    Sarah Kim (M.S.)

  • Research Assistants

    Kelly Bayruns
    Amber Kim
    Joyce Park
    Madison McCanna

  • Lab Alumni

    Susanne Walker, Ph.D. – Merck
    Neethu Chokkalingkam – Spark Therapeutics
    Sinja Kriete – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O. Student)
    Nicholas Shupin – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (M.D. student)
    Alana Huynh – University of Rochester (Ph.D. student)

Selected Publications