Infectious Disease and Immunology, Therapy Discovery and Development
Professor Grill, who joined KGI in August 2013, is the Dean of Research at KGI. In addition to teaching courses at KGI, he also teaches undergraduates at the Keck Science Department of The Claremont Colleges. Ongoing research programs in vaccine development and disease diagnostics, collaborations with the University of Botswana, the Botswana Vaccine Institute, and the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya aim to address health care delivery in developing countries. This includes the development of novel technology for the detection of infectious diseases, as well as the development and production of low cost vaccines for developing countries.
Dr. Grill was one of two founders who started Large Scale Biology Corporation (LSBC) in 1987, which became a publicly-held company in 2000. The biotechnology company made therapeutic drugs, pharmaceuticals and vaccines using a unique plant viral gene expression technology. In the development of these drugs, Dr. Grill developed innovative bioprocessing technology to produce and purify the molecules expressed in plants. They had successful animal and human clinical trials, and were able to produce patient-specific vaccines as a therapeutic treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer patients.
Dr. Grill received his PhD from the University of California in Riverside in 1979. He has published over 25 scientific papers and is an inventor on more than 30 issued US and world patents.