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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:

 

Celebrate 70: Global health impact (video)

Faculty and alumni spoke on a...
Celebrate 70: Global health impact (video)

Faculty and alumni spoke on a panel to highlight the public health impact on global communities, including immigration crises, planetary health, climate change, and the importance of health systems. KELLY SALDANA (BCHS ’01) talked about creating resiliency and figuring out what that means both at t... (04/18/2018)

Perkins invited back to present at IDM Seminar Series

Douglas J. Perkins, a former ...
Perkins invited back to present at IDM Seminar Series

Douglas J. Perkins, a former assistant professor in IDM (2001-2007), was invited back to present at the IDM Seminar Series on March 28. His presentation was on "Genomic Approaches for Uncovering the Pathogenesis of Severe Malarial Anemia in African Children." (03/30/2018)

Salerno selected for summer program in Colombia

JESSICA SALERNO (IDM '20) has...
Salerno selected for summer program in Colombia

JESSICA SALERNO (IDM '20) has been selected to participate in Red Tree Study's Academic Summer Program at the Institute of Public Health at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. In this program, students learn from experts while helping to ensure the health of Colombian citizens as ... (03/28/2018)

Rappocciolo presents research on cell cholesterol dysregulation in HIV non-progressors at 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

IDM's GIOVANNA RAPPOCCIOLO pr...
Rappocciolo presents research on cell cholesterol dysregulation in HIV non-progressors at 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

IDM's GIOVANNA RAPPOCCIOLO presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ion biomarkers and genetics of cell cholesterol dysregulation in HIV non-progressors. Co-authors include IDM faculty J MARTINSON and C RINALDO and recent doctoral graduate DIANA DELUCIA.  (03/19/2018)

Melody receives postdoctoral fellowship

University of Texas Medical B...
Melody receives postdoctoral fellowship

University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston has offered KEVIN MELODY (IDM '17) a postdoctoral fellowship in a BSL-4 research group headed by Thomas Geisbert. Due to the security and proficiency needed to perform the work, Kevin will undergo extensive training before beginning high-containment path... (03/14/2018)

 

Wed
4/25
IDM Dissertation Defense
Lyndsay Avery - PhD '18: Tim-3 co-stimulation promotes short-lived effector T cells, restricts... IDM Dissertation Defense
Lyndsay Avery - PhD '18: Tim-3 co-stimulation promotes short-lived effector T cells, restricts...
Wed 4/25 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Scaife Hall

Lyndsay Avery's Dissertation, Tim-3 co-stimulation promotes short-lived effector T cells, restricts memory precursors, and is dispensable for T cell exhaustion, includes findings that have significant implications for the development of anti-Tim-3 antibodies as therapeutic agents. 

Mon
4/30
IDM Seminar Series
HIV-1 Incidence and Infection Time Estimator - Ha Youn Lee - USC IDM Seminar Series
HIV-1 Incidence and Infection Time Estimator - Ha Youn Lee - USC
Mon 4/30 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

IDM Faculty Candidate

Ha Youn Lee, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
University of Southern California
Keck School of Medicine

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