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Arifa Khan
Supervisory Microbiologist at FDA


Dr. Khan is a Principal Investigator/Supervisory Microbiologist in the Division of Viral Products, Office of Vaccines Research and Review in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  She joined the FDA in 1991, after working at NIAID, NIH since 1979, where she became an expert on retroviruses and endogenous viruses. An important component of Dr. Khan’s current research program in CBER is focused on evaluating adventitious virus detection by next generation sequencing for cell substrate and vaccine safety. Her regulatory responsibilities include review of Investigational New Drugs and Biological License Applications for a variety of candidate vaccines including, influenza and HIV, and novel cell substrates across different product categories. Dr. Khan has been involved in licensure of several viral vaccines and development of various FDA, ICH, PHS, and WHO guidance documents related to cell substrates, vaccines, therapeutics, and xenotransplantation. She is a lead in various working groups on next generation technologies for virus detection, adventitious viruses, and cell substrate safety.  Dr. Khan received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  

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Agenda Sessions

  • Regulatory perspective for using NGS for adventitious virus detection

  • PANEL DISCUSSION: NGS and Adventitous Agent Detection