Mary T. Caserta, M.D.

Mary T. Caserta, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 690
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-6672
Fax: (585) 273-1104
Lab: (585) 273-5444

Research Bio

Dr. Caserta's research interest are:

1) Epidemiology and clinical consequences of infection with human herpesvirus-6, herpesvirus-7 in children with special emphasis on epidemiology and pathogenesis

2) Effects of psychosocial factors on susceptibility to infectious diseases

The epidemiology and viral pathogenesis of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6) is the focus of several ongoing basic research projects in the laboratory. One aspect of this work is the study of immune responses in children with latent and reactivated HHV6 infection. Previous experiments in the lab have shown that all children become infected with HHV6 during infancy or early childhood and that the virus remains latent in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Reactivation occurs in a small percentage of normal children and we are examining markers of immune function associated with reactivation, as well as possible outcomes on health in several populations. In addition, studies of the transmission of HHV6 are being pursued.

Awards & Honors (National)

Best Doctors in America in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2009
Best Doctors in America in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2008
Best Doctors in American in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2007
Best Doctors in America in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2005
Best Doctors in America in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2004

Awards & Honors (Local)

Ruth Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award - Research 2010
Medicine & Pediatrics Award for Teaching Excellence 2006
Outstanding Hospital Faculty Teaching Award 2003 - 2004
Outstanding Hospital Faculty Teaching Award 2002 - 2003
Gilbert B. Forbes Dean's Teaching Scholar Award 1999 - 2002
Pediatric Morning Report Teaching Award 1997 - 1998
Recipient, Maimonides Medical Society Award for Excellence in Basic Sciences

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 36 available »

2014 Nov 3
Caserta MT, Hall CB, Canfield RL, Davidson P, Lofthus G, Schnabel K, Carnahan J, Shelley L, Wang H. "Early Developmental Outcomes of Children With Congenital HHV-6 Infection." Pediatrics. 2014 Nov 3; Epub 2014 Nov 03.
2014 Jun
O'Connor TG, Moynihan JA, Caserta MT. "Annual research review: The neuroinflammation hypothesis for stress and psychopathology in children--developmental psychoneuroimmunology." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 2014 Jun; 55(6):615-31. Epub 2013 Dec 23.
2013 Aug
O'Connor TG, Winter MA, Hunn J, Carnahan J, Pressman EK, Glover V, Robertson-Blackmore E, Moynihan JA, Eun-Hyung Lee F, Caserta MT. "Prenatal maternal anxiety predicts reduced adaptive immunity in infants." Brain, behavior, and immunity. 2013 Aug; 32:21-8. Epub 2013 Feb 21.
2013 Mar 1
Kimberlin DW, Acosta EP, Prichard MN, Sánchez PJ, Ampofo K, Lang D, Ashouri N, Vanchiere JA, Abzug MJ, Abughali N, Caserta MT, Englund JA, Sood SK, Spigarelli MG, Bradley JS, Lew J, Michaels MG, Wan W, Cloud G, Jester P, Lakeman FD, Whitley RJ, . "Oseltamivir pharmacokinetics, dosing, and resistance among children aged <2 years with influenza." The Journal of infectious diseases. 2013 Mar 1; 207(5):709-20. Epub 2012 Dec 10.
Kainth MK, Fisher SG, Fernandez D, Luque A, Hall CB, Hoang AT, Lashkari A, Peck A, Hasan L, Caserta MT. "Understanding the association between chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6 and HIV disease: a cross-sectional study." F1000Research. 2013 2:269. Epub 2013 Dec 09.

Current Appointments

George Washington Goler Chair in Pediatrics - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)
Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases (SMD) - Primary


Pediatric Infectious Diseases - American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | Medicine | SUNY at Buffalo, School of Medicine1984
BS | Biology | Marquette University1980

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1987 - 06/30/1991
Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia07/01/1985 - 06/30/1987
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia07/01/1984 - 06/30/1985