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Jennifer Nayak, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5944

Office: (585) 275-9477

Fax: (585) 273-1104

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Hospital Medicine, Pediatrics


Pediatric infectious diseases


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



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


MD | State University of NY at Buffalo School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/21/2007 - 07/21/2010
Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2005 - 07/20/2007
Residency in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2004 - 06/30/2005
Internship in Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Alpha Omega Alpha

Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

Golden Key National Honor Society

1996 - 2000
Rush Rhees Scholarship

Bacelli Award

Merck Manual Award

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Journal Articles

Creech CB, Anderson E, Berthaud V, Yildirim I, Atz AM, Melendez Baez I, Finkelstein D, Pickrell P, Kirstein J, Yut C, Blair R, Clifford RA, Dunn M, Campbell JD, Montefiori DC, Tomassini JE, Zhao X, Deng W, Zhou H, Ramirez Schrempp D, Hautzinger K, Girard B, Slobod K, McPhee R, Pajon R, Das R, Miller JM, Schnyder Ghamloush S, . "Evaluation of mRNA-1273 Covid-19 Vaccine in Children 6 to 11 Years of Age." The New England journal of medicine.. 2022 May 26; 386(21):2011-2023. Epub 2022 May 11.

Moritzky SA, Richards KA, Glover MA, Krammer F, Chaves FA, Topham DJ, Branche A, Nayak JL, Sant AJ. "The negative effect of pre-existing immunity on influenza vaccine responses transcends the impact of vaccine formulation type and vaccination history." The Journal of infectious diseases.. 2022 Feb 24; Epub 2022 Feb 24.

Wang J, Li D, Cameron A, Zhou Q, Wiltse A, Nayak J, Pecora ND, Zand MS. "IgG Against Human ?-Coronavirus Spike Proteins Correlates with SARS-CoV-2 anti-Spike IgG Responses and COVID-19 Disease Severity." The Journal of infectious diseases.. 2022 Jan 29; Epub 2022 Jan 29.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Epiglottitis
Book Title: Mandell, Douglas and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases
Author List: Nayak JL, Weinberg GA
Edited By: Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ
Published By: Elsevier Saunders 2015 in Philadelphia

Chapter Title: Epiglottitis, laryngitis,laryngotracheitis (bacterial tracheitis), and croup (laryngotracheobronchitis)
Book Title: Contemporary Approaches to Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Author List: Weinberg GA, Nayak JL
Edited By: Patel JA, Chonmaitree T
Published By: Future Medicine 2015 in London

Chapter Title: Bronchiolitis
Book Title: BMJ Point of Care Monograph
Author List: Nayak JL
Published By: On-line 2015