This center has established a multidisciplinary, collaborative, integrated, and iterative program focused on the conduct of research activities to understand the etiology and impact of viral respiratory pathogens and to develop and evaluate strategies for their control, treatment and prevention. Specifically, we provide a team of experienced investigators and technical staff with expertise in clinical research and laboratory methods, experience working with respiratory pathogens and the diseases they cause, immunological responses and assays, animal models, vaccinology, and clinical genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics. This center is comprised of faculty and staff from the University of Rochester, the University of Alabama, J. Craig Venter Institute, and Oregon Health and Sciences University. The individual projects focus on infant immune responses and disease after RSV infection, the impact of commensal and opportunistic infections on infant immune system development and lung function, studies on experimental and licensed influenza vaccines; pilot projects on non-TB mycobacterial infection and disease, and influenza adaptation, and supports a Bacterial Respiratory Pathogen Reference Laboratory.

RPRC Innovation Research Program

The primary objective of the RPRC Innovation Research Program is to facilitate highly innovative research activities that take advantage of novel technologies and new research opportunities, or that respond to emergent issues in viral respiratory pathogens, focusing on high priority translational and/or clinical research. A major set of goals for the program is to:

  • Encourage new collaborations with investigators outside of the RPRC
  • Infuse the RPRC with novel technologies and approaches
  • Attract new faculty to the Center and to viral respiratory pathogens research
  • Assist junior faculty to develop productive research programs
  • Expand our funding in the area of translational research
  • Seed the development of independently (extramural) funded research application

RPRC Organization

RPRC Organization

Center Leadership

David Topham

David J. Topham, Ph.D.

Ann Falsey

Ann Falsey, M.D.

Get In Touch

For general questions, call: Donna Neu
(585) 276-5621
Donna Neu, PMP