Prior to joining the USC School of Pharmacy faculty, Amanda M. Burkhardt was an adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, in the School of Medicine, Department of Physiology & Biophysics; and lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach. She holds a BS in microbiology from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD in immunology from the University of California, Irvine.
Her research career has focused on the development of novel vaccines and adjuvants, discovery of cytokines and chemokines, and tuning immune responses to vaccine formulations using adjuvants based on Toll-like receptors and nanoparticles.
Burkhardt has lectured and mentored doctoral, undergraduate and medical students, developed engaging course curriculum, and authored multiple patents and journal articles based on her findings.
She is also co-director of the STAR program, a cooperative venture in science education between the USC Health Sciences Campus and Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in East Los Angeles.