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Infectious Diseases

John J. Treanor, MD

John J. Treanor, MD
Chief, Infectious Diseases Division

Infectious diseases have been principal threats to health throughout the history of man. The fight against deadly microbes relies largely on knowledge of the microbe's interactions with the body. Our Infectious Diseases Division specializes in viral infections such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Influenza, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and Dengue. We have expertise in the community surveillance of pathogens, vaccine research for HIV, vaccine research for influenza and the development of treatments for viral, fungal and bacterial pathogens.

Along with offering care for every variety of infectious disease, our New York State designated AIDS Center provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for persons with HIV infection.

Respiratory Pathogens Research Center

RPRCThe role of the Respiratory Pathogens Research Center is to provide the NIAID Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) with the capability of conducting translational and clinical research focused on the development and optimization of control measures for viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens. The Center is co-directed by Dr. David Topham and Dr. Ann Falsey.

New York Influenza Center of Excellence

The New York Influenza Center of Excellence (NYICE) is collaborative, interdisciplinary approach involving investigators in the fields of immunology, virology, biochemistry, medicine, pediatrics, statistics and bioinformatics that will address directly the issues of cross-protective immunity and virus adaptation to the mammalian host. Our goal is to provide a truly transforming approach to influenza research. The center is directed by Dr. John J Treanor.

Center for AIDS Research


To provide leadership, services and infrastructure necessary to: establish multidisciplinary collaborations that achieve high-impact discoveries; support the early career development of diverse young HIV/AIDS investigators; and to establish a distinctive scientific identity, placing the University of Rochester at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research. CFAR is co-directed by Dr. Stephen Dewhurst and Dr. Michael Keefer.

Center for Health and Behavioral Training

The Center for Health and Behavioral Training (CHBT) provides training in the prevention and management of STDs, TB, HIV/AIDS and the use of behavioral and social science to strengthen prevention programs.

Center for Community Health

The Center for Community Health was established by the University of Rochester Medical Center to develop and expand academic-community health partnerships dedicated to improving the health of our community. It represents a new model of institutional commitment to community health that focuses on prevention. Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati is director of the Communicable Diseases and Surveillance Program at the Center for Community Health which focuses on surveillance for emerging infections, healthcare associated infections and the prevention of healthcare associated infection in the Rochester area.

Vaccine Research Unit

Vaccine Research Unit

The Vaccine Research Unit is located in the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. This unit designs and conducts vaccine studies to prevent many different diseases that affect humans. Previous vaccine studies have included investigational vaccines to protect against seasonal pandemic and avian flu, pneumococcal disease, anthrax, herpes, malaria, human papilloma Virus (HPV) and smallpox. The Vaccine Research Unit also operates an inpatient facility at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. The studies conducted at the inpatient facility focus on investigational vaccines and respiratory virus immunity. This center is directed by Dr. John J Treanor. The Research Staff includes nurses and research assistants who have many years of clinical research experience.