Department of Pediatrics - Research

Infectious Disease & Immunology

Infectious Disease & ImmunologyThe Department of Pediatrics has a strong history of high impact research in infectious diseases and immunology. For example, pioneering studies led by former Pediatrics Chair, the late Dr. David Smith and Professor Emeritus Dr. Porter Anderson were instrumental in the development of conjugate vaccines for type B Haemophilus influenzae, an important cause of meningitis in children. Dr.’s Smith and Anderson received the Lasker Prize in recognition of these seminal contributions to children’s health. In addition, Dr. Caroline Hall’s clinical and basic science studies of viruses such as RSV and HHV6 have contributed enormously to our understanding of these important causes of childhood infections.

Our current faculty has basic science and clinical research programs focusing on:

  • Pathogenesis and treatment of opportunistic fungal infections such as Pneumocystis, Candida spp. and Cryptococcus
  • Pathogenesis, immunology, and epidemiology of viral infections such as influenza and HHV6
  • The role of stress in immunological response to virus infection

In addition to NIH grants supporting individual research programs, the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases currently holds an NIH T32 grant to support the training of clinical and postdoctoral fellows in research related to infections in the immunocompromised host.

Investigators

Kate Ackerman, M.D.
Critical Care

Samir Bhagwat, Ph.D.
Infectious Diseases

Lauren Bruckner, M.D., Ph.D.
Hematology and Oncology

Mary Caserta, M.D.
Infectious Diseases

Carl D'Angio, M.D.
Neonatology

Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurology

Francis Gigliotti, M.D.
Infectious Diseases

Damian Krysan, M.D., Ph.D.
Infectious Diseases

Tom Mariani, Ph.D.
Neonatology

Bethany Marston, M.D.
Immunology and Rheumatology

Ravi Misra, Ph.D.
Neonatology

Jennifer Nayak, M.D.
Infectious Diseases

Michael O'Reilly, Ph.D.
Neonatology

Richard Paige Phipps, Ph.D.
Environmental Medicine

Gloria Pryhuber, M.D.
Neonatology

Homaira Rahimi, M.D.
Immunology and Rheumatology

Cynthia Rand, M.D., M.P.H.
General Pediatrics

Clement Ren, M.D.
Pulmonary/Allergy

Fariba Rezaee, M.D.
Pulmonary/Allergy

Stanley Schaffer, M.D.
General Pediatrics

Kristin Scheible, M.D.
Neonatology

David Siegel, M.D., M.P.H.
Adolescent Medicine

Peter Szilagyi, M.D., M.P.H.
General Pediatrics

Jing Wang, B.M., Ph.D.
Pediatrics

Melanie Wellington, M.D., Ph.D.
Infectious Diseases

Geoffrey Weinberg, M.D.
Infectious Diseases

Terry Wright, Ph.D.
Infectious Diseases

 

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NACHRI recently ranked the Department of Pediatrics 15th in NIH funding based on total dollars awarded. Five years ago our ranking was 27th, demonstrating a significant increase.