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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:

 

Widespread virus replication in alveoli drives acute respiratory distress syndrome in aerosolized H5N1 influenza infection of macaques

JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY - Wonde...
Widespread virus replication in alveoli drives acute respiratory distress syndrome in aerosolized H5N1 influenza infection of macaques

JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY - Wonderlich, Swan, Bissel, Hartman, Carney, O'Malley, Obadan, Santos, Walker, Sturgeon, Frye, Maiello, Scanga, Bowling, Duangkhae, Wiley, Flynn, Wang, Cole, Reed, Barratt-Boyes establish a new nonhuman primate disease model for evaluation of vaccine and therapeutic approaches... (02/14/2018)

Novel assay reveals a large inducible replication competent HIV-1 reservoir in resting CD4+ T cells

NATURE MEDICINE - Gupta, Sany...
Novel assay reveals a large inducible replication competent HIV-1 reservoir in resting CD4+ T cells

NATURE MEDICINE - Gupta, Sanyal, Ratner, Ding, Zerbato, Giacobbi, Venkatachari, Patterson, Chargin, Chen, Mailliard, Rinaldo, and Sluis-Cremer found that the size of the inducible latent HIV-1 reservoir in aviremic subjects on ART is approximately 70-fold larger than previous estimates.  (02/08/2018)

Peripheral blood biomarkers of disease outcome in a monkey model of rift valley fever encephalitis.

JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY - Wonderl...
Peripheral blood biomarkers of disease outcome in a monkey model of rift valley fever encephalitis.

JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY - Wonderlich, Caroline, McMillen, Walters, Reed, Barratt-Boyes, and Hartman conclude that African green monkeys are a novel and suitable model for studying the neuropathogenesis of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and for testing vaccines and therapeutics against this important emerging ... (02/05/2018)

Amid opioid crisis, Frank addresses Titusville community

TITUSVILLE HERALD - Community...
Amid opioid crisis, Frank addresses Titusville community

TITUSVILLE HERALD - Community members and students from Pitt's Titusville campus gathered to hear IDM's LINDA FRANK discuss drug misuse versus drug abuse, the opioid epidemic's relation to to the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, available prevention and treatment strategies, and the implications... (01/29/2018)

As Zika babies become toddlers, some can’t see, walk, or talk

NEW YORK TIMES - Infectious di...
As Zika babies become toddlers, some can’t see, walk, or talk

NEW YORK TIMES - Infectious disease researcher ERNESTO MARQUES says about 3 percent of 1,000 pregnant Brazilian women in a recent sample were infected with Zika. “The problem’s not going away. We are still having cases. And the future of Zika babies already born is complicated by poverty and straine... (12/14/2017)

 

Mon
2/19
IDM Seminar Series
Shivkumar Biradar / Jan Kristoff IDM Seminar Series
Shivkumar Biradar / Jan Kristoff
Mon 2/19 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Wed
2/21
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Jonathan Mandell IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Jonathan Mandell
Wed 2/21 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health A719

Wed
2/21
IDM MPH Journal Club
Presentations IDM MPH Journal Club
Presentations
Wed 2/21 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Public Health A719

Mon
2/26
IDM Seminar Series
Mohamed Yassin, MD, PhD IDM Seminar Series
Mohamed Yassin, MD, PhD
Mon 2/26 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

"Academic Bridge:  Public Health and Health Care Epidemiology"

Wed
2/28
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Tumor-derived exosomes antagonize innate antiviral immunity - Karsen Shoger IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Tumor-derived exosomes antagonize innate antiviral immunity - Karsen Shoger
Wed 2/28 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health A719

Gao L, Wang L, Dai T, et al.  Tumor-derived exosomes antagonize innate antiviral immunity.  Nature Immunology, 2018.
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