John L. Fahey is an immunologist, fundamental and clinical researcher, and educator who joined the UCLA School of Medicine faculty in 1971 as professor and chair (1971-1981) of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine.

He was a major participant with 4 other faculty in the three original UCLA grant applications to the National Cancer Institute, NIH for Planning, for Comprehensive designation and for Construction (1/2 of Factor Building) of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA (1971-1981).

He was Principal Investigator (PI) with 10 associated faculty for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Immunology and Disease, CIRID at UCLA (1978-1998).

John Fahey was PI on NIH Program Project grant on Immune Functions and Cancer (1972-1982). Also, by 1975, he originated two NIH Training Grants at UCLA: on Clinical and Fundamental Immunology (NIAID) and on Tumor Immunology (NCI). They have continued for more than 30 years with renewed leadership.

Dr. Fahey helped found and was first President of the Clinical Immunology Society (1986).

He was head of Clinical Immunology Section of the International Union of Immunological Societies (1992-1998). He was a designated Advisor for Immunology to the World Health Organization (1964-1994). He served on NIH Study Sections (1970-1976) and was Member, Advisory Council of the NIAID (1979-1985). He was a Member, US-Japan Cooperative Program on AIDS (1991-1995), Consultant to WHO and Faculty Participant in WHO Centers for Immunology Research and Education in Eastern Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia (1964-1974).

John Fahey was PI on the Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) in Fundamental and Clinical Programs at UCLA (1989 to 2000). This originally focused on Southeast Asia and Latin America. Funding continued for programs in India in association with the UCLA Fogarty AITRP for Epidemiology to 2009.

He has mentored more than 70 national and International postdoctoral scientists with MD or PhD qualifications for careers in biomedical research.

In the past decade, he has concentrated on UCLA programs with India and has helped more than a dozen UCLA faculty to conduct educational and research programs in India. He has guided 32 Indian scientists during their training at UCLA and for two years or more on their return to India.