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. 41 available »

2016 Sep 23
Chu CY, Qiu X, Wang L, Bhattacharya S, Lofthus G, Corbett A, Holden-Wiltse J, Grier A, Tesini B, Gill SR, Falsey AR, Caserta MT, Walsh EE, Mariani TJ. "The Healthy Infant Nasal Transcriptome: A Benchmark Study." Scientific reports. 2016 Sep 23; 6:33994. Epub 2016 Sep 23.
2015 Aug
O'Connor TG, Wang H, Moynihan JA, Wyman PA, Carnahan J, Lofthus G, Quataert SA, Bowman M, Burke AS, Caserta MT. "Observed parent-child relationship quality predicts antibody response to vaccination in children." Brain, behavior, and immunity. 2015 Aug; 48:265-73. Epub 2015 Apr 09.
2015 Mar 5
Kimberlin DW, Jester PM, Sánchez PJ, Ahmed A, Arav-Boger R, Michaels MG, Ashouri N, Englund JA, Estrada B, Jacobs RF, Romero JR, Sood SK, Whitworth MS, Abzug MJ, Caserta MT, Fowler S, Lujan-Zilbermann J, Storch GA, DeBiasi RL, Han JY, Palmer A, Weiner LB, Bocchini JA, Dennehy PH, Finn A, Griffiths PD, Luck S, Gutierrez K, Halasa N, Homans J, Shane AL, Sharland M, Simonsen K, Vanchiere JA, Woods CR, Sabo DL, Aban I, Kuo H, James SH, Prichard MN, Griffin J, Giles D, Acosta EP, Whitley RJ, . "Valganciclovir for symptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus disease." The New England journal of medicine. 2015 Mar 5; 372(10):933-43.
2014 Dec
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 Dec; 134(6):1111-8. Epub 2014 Nov 03.
2014 Dec
Tesini BL, Epstein LG, Caserta MT. "Clinical impact of primary infection with roseoloviruses." Current opinion in virology. 2014 Dec; 9:91-6. Epub 2014 Oct 14.

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