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Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

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Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Graduate Programs

Pitt Public Health is one of the few graduate schools of public health with a department dedicated to the study of infectious diseases, which are at the root of some of the world’s most pressing health issues.

The Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (IDM) is committed to training the next generation of scientists and public health professionals to enhance the control of infectious diseases in the human population. Our integrated microbiology graduate programs are devoted to the education and training of graduate students in various molecular, immunologic, epidemiologic, and biologic aspects of microbial pathogenesis, as well as infectious disease control, prevention and education.

Pitt Public Health has made major contributions in defining, preventing, and treating some of the most devastating diseases of the past 60 years. Among the pioneering scientific breakthroughs made by IDM researchers are...
  • Prevention of poliovirus with gamma globulin, which helped in the development of the Salk polio vaccine
  • Identification of dengue viruses and the hemorrhagic fever caused by them
  • Discovery of adeno-associated virus
  • Linking the transmission of cytomegalovirus to infected organs in transplantation
  • Evidence showing HIV load in the blood is a strong predictor of disease progression
  • Establishing the Pitt Men's Study, a part of the ongoing, greater than 30 year nationwide Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study on the natural history of HIV infection
  • Establishing The Mid Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAETC) which has provided HIV/AIDS education, consultation, technical assistance and resource materials to health care professionals for over 30 years

Degrees

The IDM Department is committed to high-quality graduate education that is consistent with our cutting-edge research and behavioral and community education programs. Drawing on the disciplines of molecular biology, immunology, epidemiology, medicine, health education, and community intervention, our graduate programs encourage students to engage in cross-disciplinary research of multiple aspects of infectious diseases.

Doctoral and master level degree programs offered include... Within the MPH program two concentrations are available:

 

Garcia-Bates says timing of immunotherapy crucial to outcomes

MEDICAL RESEARCH - "HIV infec...
Garcia-Bates says timing of immunotherapy crucial to outcomes

MEDICAL RESEARCH - "HIV infection is a manageable disease with the advent and availability of combination antiretroviral therapy (ART). But, when ART is interrupted, the virus quickly rebounds to high levels and again targets the immune system. Therefore, new immunotherapeutic treatments are sought... (01/14/2019)

Hartman Researches Virus Even More Dangerous than Zika to Pregnant Women

THE NEW YORK TIMES - The mosq...
Hartman Researches Virus Even More Dangerous than Zika to Pregnant Women

THE NEW YORK TIMES - The mosquito-borne virus that causes Rift Valley fever may severely injure human fetuses if contracted by mothers during pregnancy, according to new research by IDM's Amy Hartman. "Zika caught everybody by surprise," said Hartman. "If doctors had known about Zika's birth effect... (01/09/2019)

Nachega recognized by African Science Institutions

The African Academy of Scienc...
Nachega recognized by African Science Institutions

The African Academy of Sciences elected Jean Nachega (IDM and EPI) fellow in recognition of his efforts to develop patient care, teaching, and research around epidemiology and infectious diseases in Africa. In addition, the Academy of Sciences of South Africa - which aims to provide evidence-based ... (12/19/2018)

Contrasting roles of the PD-1 signaling pathway in dendritic cell-mediated induction and regulation of HIV-1-specific effector T cell functions

JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY - Using s...
Contrasting roles of the PD-1 signaling pathway in dendritic cell-mediated induction and regulation of HIV-1-specific effector T cell functions

JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY - Using samples from participants in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort study, Garcia-Bates, Palma, Shen, Gambotto, Macatangay, Ferris, Rinaldo, and Mailliard showed that PD-1 activation plays a positive role in initiating the primary T cell response. But later blocking of that pathway... (12/13/2018)

Hartman and team study tropical mosquito-borne virus linked to miscarriage, stillbirth in animals

WESA-FM - Research suggests t...
Hartman and team study tropical mosquito-borne virus linked to miscarriage, stillbirth in animals

WESA-FM - Research suggests the Rift Valley Fever can affect developing human fetuses. IDM's Amy Hartman, along with first author Cynthia McMillen who is an IDM postdoc, chose to study Rift Valley’s effects on pregnant rats, since humans and rats have similar placental structures. They found that 6... (12/06/2018)

 

Wed
1/23
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Emerson Boggs IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Emerson Boggs
Wed 1/23 12:00PM - 1:00PM
2121C Public Health

Wed
1/23
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article Presentation IDM MPH Journal Club
Article Presentation
Wed 1/23 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

Authors:  Lauren Fogelman & Ryan Caretti
Reviewers:  Rajeev Salunke & Megan Zuley

Mon
1/28
IDM Seminar Series
Samantha Sanford, PhD Student IDM Seminar Series
Samantha Sanford, PhD Student
Mon 1/28 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Wed
1/30
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Abigail Gerberick IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Abigail Gerberick
Wed 1/30 12:00PM - 1:00PM
2121C Public Health

Wed
1/30
IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Engineering a Next-Generation Glycoconjugate-Like Streptococcus pneumonia Vaccine IDM MPH Journal Club
Article - Engineering a Next-Generation Glycoconjugate-Like Streptococcus pneumonia Vaccine
Wed 1/30 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A719 Public Health

Authors:  Elizabeth Piccoli & Abigail Rubio
Hill, A.B., Beitelshees, M., Nayerhoda, R., et al.  Engineering a next-generation glycoconjugate-like Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine.  ACS Infect. Dis.  4:1553-1563, 2018.
Reviewers:  Elizabeth Owens, Brian Kimball & Alex Weissman

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