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Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

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Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Graduate Programs

Pitt Public Health is one of the few graduate schools of public health with a department dedicated to the study of infectious diseases, which are at the root of some of the world’s most pressing health issues.

The Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (IDM) is committed to training the next generation of scientists and public health professionals to enhance the control of infectious diseases in the human population. Our integrated microbiology graduate programs are devoted to the education and training of graduate students in various molecular, immunologic, epidemiologic, and biologic aspects of microbial pathogenesis, as well as infectious disease control, prevention and education.

Pitt Public Health has made major contributions in defining, preventing, and treating some of the most devastating diseases of the past 60 years. Among the pioneering scientific breakthroughs made by IDM researchers are...
  • Prevention of poliovirus with gamma globulin, which helped in the development of the Salk polio vaccine
  • Identification of dengue viruses and the hemorrhagic fever caused by them
  • Discovery of adeno-associated virus
  • Linking the transmission of cytomegalovirus to infected organs in transplantation
  • Evidence showing HIV load in the blood is a strong predictor of disease progression
  • Establishing the Pitt Men's Study, a part of the ongoing, greater than 30 year nationwide Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study on the natural history of HIV infection
  • Establishing The Mid Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAETC) which has provided HIV/AIDS education, consultation, technical assistance and resource materials to health care professionals for over 30 years

Degrees

The IDM Department is committed to high-quality graduate education that is consistent with our cutting-edge research and behavioral and community education programs. Drawing on the disciplines of molecular biology, immunology, epidemiology, medicine, health education, and community intervention, our graduate programs encourage students to engage in cross-disciplinary research of multiple aspects of infectious diseases.

Doctoral and master level degree programs offered include... Within the MPH program two concentrations are available:

 

Turning ideas into transformative action: Pitt Public Health students selected as Future Health Leaders

Complex health issues are eas...
Turning ideas into transformative action: Pitt Public Health students selected as Future Health Leaders

Complex health issues are easy to determine, but finding solutions can be challenging. Three Pitt Public Health students, Ashley Simenson (EPI ’19), Jessica Salerno (IDM ’20), and Kaitlyn Saal-Ridpath (HPM ’20) were chosen as part of the inaugural class of Future Health Leaders, and present their i... (10/18/2018)

Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program

PITT WIRE - Three students fr...
Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program

PITT WIRE - Three students from Pitt Public Health were selected for the inaugural class of The Milken Institute’s Future Health Leaders Program. The students, ASHLEY SIMENSON (EPI '19), JESSICA SALERNO (IDM '20), and KAITLYN SAAL-RIDPATH (HPM '20), are among a dozen of fellows selected nationwid... (10/18/2018)

Human immunodeficiency virus infection induces lymphoid fibrosis in the BM-liver-thymus-spleen humanized mouse model

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGA...
Human immunodeficiency virus infection induces lymphoid fibrosis in the BM-liver-thymus-spleen humanized mouse model

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION INSIGHT - Jasmine Samal, Samantha Kelly, Ali Na-Shatal, Abdallah Elhakiem, Antu Das, Ming Ding, Anwesha Sanyal, Phalguni Gupta, Kevin Melody, Brad Roland, Watfa Ahmed, Aala Zakir, and Moses Bility developed a potentially novel human immune system–humanized mouse mo... (10/02/2018)

Sundermann keeps asking 'why?'

ALEX SUNDERMANN (IDM) is the ...
Sundermann keeps asking 'why?'

ALEX SUNDERMANN (IDM) is the featured MPH profile in the fall issue of Prevention Strategist, a magazine issued by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. When asked about the best advice he ever received, he said, 'keep asking 'why?'" (10/02/2018)

IDM’s Rinaldo discusses HIV wonder drugs and curing HIV in 1998 World AIDS Day interview (VIDEO)

UPMC HEALTH NEWS – In the lat...
IDM’s Rinaldo discusses HIV wonder drugs and curing HIV in 1998 World AIDS Day interview (VIDEO)

UPMC HEALTH NEWS – In the late 1990s, new and highly potent anti-HIV drugs emerged— including protease and reverse transcriptase inhibitors—which could for the first time control HIV infection. For this 1998 World AIDS Day, Pitt IDM AIDS researcher Charles Rinaldo and the late Bridget Murtagh of th... (07/17/2018)

 

Mon
10/22
IDM Seminar Series
Rift Valley Fever Virus Induces Fetal Demise Through Direct Placental Infection IDM Seminar Series
Rift Valley Fever Virus Induces Fetal Demise Through Direct Placental Infection
Mon 10/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Cindy McMillen, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of IDM
Dr. Amy Hartman Lab

Wed
10/24
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article Presentation IDM MPH Journal Club
Article Presentation
Wed 10/24 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A425 Public Health

Presenters:  Quinn Solomon, Sarah Sullivan, Andrew Whaley

Mentors:  Cory Hayes, Ashlyn Lancaster

Thu
10/25
PHDL Conference
Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy PHDL Conference
Pre-Conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dy
Thu 10/25 12:00PM - 5:00PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

In this hands-on workshop, learn to use FRED (Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics), a flexible, agent-based modeling platform that can be used to model diverse situations, including infectious diseases, chronic conditions, demographic changes at the population level, and the effects of human behavior. Workshop participants will become familiar with the FRED platform, learn the basics of incorporating and simulating agent behavior in simulation models, and create and run their own behavioral models using FRED Web, an online interface in which FRED models can be designed, run, and analyzed.

FRED can be used to predict outcomes of an epidemic, such as epidemic curves and disease incidence, and is a tool for evaluating interventions, such as school closure, social distancing and changes in vaccination behavior.  Using census-based statistically representative synthetic populations, FRED captures the demographic and geographically heterogeneous characteristics of actual populations, including realistic neighborhood, household, school and workplace social networks.

Fri
10/26
PHDL Conference
Grand Rounds Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior ConferenceGrand Rounds Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior Conference PHDL Conference
Modeling Social Dynamics & Health Behavior Conference
Fri 10/26
University Club - Ballroom A

Presented by Pitt Public Health's Center for Social Dynamics & Community Health and Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, and the Pitt Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Biomedical Modeling Core, this conference will bring together national leaders from across the country to discuss the integration of modeling approaches into the field of behavioral and community health sciences. Through panel discussions and breakout sessions, attendees will learn about existing research, discuss associated challenges and opportunities, and chart a path forward for this emerging field. Registration is required; no cost.

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