John McKinney is Professor of Bacteriology at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. McKinney received B.A. (biology) and B.Sc. (genetics) degrees from The Evergreen State College (1987) and a Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University (1994).
After completing his postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of William Jacobs at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, McKinney returned to The Rockefeller University as an Assistant (1998) and Associate (2004) Professor.
McKinney joined the Global Health Institute at EPFL in 2007. Research in the McKinney lab is focused on the mechanisms responsible for persistence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the microbe that causes TB, in the face of host immunity and chemotherapy.