Santanu Bose

Santanu Bose

Professor 509-335-9413   1855 E GRIMES WAY

Before moving to Washington State in 2014, Dr. Bose was a faculty member of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School. His research is focused on understanding innate immune response against respiratory viruses like influenza A virus, human respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza viruses, and more recently coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Particularly he is interested in elucidating the mechanisms regulating innate antiviral and inflammatory response, which play a critical role in host defense against respiratory viruses and development of hyper-inflammatory airway diseases like pneumonia. These studies are also geared to development of viral therapeutics to control virus-associated airway diseases like pneumonia.


  • Post-doc, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  • Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Wisconsin
  • BS, Mount Olive College, North Carolina

Research Interests

  • Inflammation and innate immunity
  • Influenza A virus
  • RSV pathogenesis


Honors and Awards

  • Caroline Engle Distinguished Professor of Research on Infectious Diseases 2015-2017