Jennifer L. Nayak, M.D.

Jennifer L. Nayak, M.D.

Contact Information

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

Office: (585) 275-9477

Research Bio

My current research interests involve:

• Understanding how a child's early exposure to influenza shapes immunity and poises the immune system to respond to subsequent influenza challenge
• Utilizing CD4 T cell-mediated immunity to improve vaccines directed against pandemic strains of influenza
• Understanding how pre-existing CD4 T cells directed against influenza influence the ability of B cells to respond to influenza vaccination

Awards & Honors (National)

Alpha Omega Alpha 2003
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society 1999
Golden Key National Honor Society 1999

Awards & Honors (Local)

Rush Rhees Scholarship 1996 - 2000
Bacelli Award
Merck Manual Award

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 12 available »

DiPiazza A, Richards KA, Knowlden ZA, Nayak JL, Sant AJ. "The Role of CD4 T Cell Memory in Generating Protective Immunity to Novel and Potentially Pandemic Strains of Influenza." Frontiers in immunology. 2016 7:10. Epub 2016 Jan 25.
2015 Jul 1
Richards KA, Nayak J, Chaves FA, DiPiazza A, Knowlden ZA, Alam S, Treanor JJ, Sant AJ. "Seasonal Influenza Can Poise Hosts for CD4 T-Cell Immunity to H7N9 Avian Influenza." The Journal of infectious diseases. 2015 Jul 1; 212(1):86-94. Epub 2014 Dec 09.
2015 May 1
Nayak JL, Richards KA, Yang H, Treanor JJ, Sant AJ. "Effect of influenza A(H5N1) vaccine prepandemic priming on CD4+ T-cell responses." The Journal of infectious diseases. 2015 May 1; 211(9):1408-17. Epub 2014 Nov 06.
2014 Feb 13
Kennedy BS, Weimer AC, Bedard B, Nayak JL, Sacheli D, Ricci J, Meyer DD, Hubbard D. "Meningitis in a School-Aged Child due to Haemophilus influenzae Type E during the Post-Conjugate Vaccine Era-Monroe County, NY, 2011." Vaccines. 2014 Feb 13; 2(1):107-11. Epub 2014 Feb 13.
2013 Aug 1
Nayak JL, Alam S, Sant AJ. "Cutting edge: Heterosubtypic influenza infection antagonizes elicitation of immunological reactivity to hemagglutinin." The Journal of immunology : official journal of the American Association of Immunologists. 2013 Aug 1; 191(3):1001-5. Epub 2013 Jun 21.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Microbiology and Immunology (SMD)


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


MD | Medicine | Univ at Buffalo SUNY School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences2004
BS | Arts & Sciences | University of Rochester2000
Fellowship | Pediatrics Infectious Diseases | University of Rochester, Golisano Children's Hospital at StrongAttended 2007 - 2010
Pediatric Residency Training | University of Rochester, Golisano Children's Hospital at StrongAttended 2004 - 2007

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center07/21/2007 - 07/21/2010
Residency in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/2005 - 07/20/2007
Internship in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/2004 - 06/30/2005