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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:

 

IDM’s Rinaldo discusses HIV wonder drugs and curing HIV in 1998 World AIDS Day interview (VIDEO)

UPMC HEALTH NEWS – In the lat...
IDM’s Rinaldo discusses HIV wonder drugs and curing HIV in 1998 World AIDS Day interview (VIDEO)

UPMC HEALTH NEWS – In the late 1990s, new and highly potent anti-HIV drugs emerged— including protease and reverse transcriptase inhibitors—which could for the first time control HIV infection. For this 1998 World AIDS Day, Pitt IDM AIDS researcher Charles Rinaldo and the late Bridget Murtagh of th... (07/17/2018)

Matthews on why we need a public health approach to HIV (video)

IDM's DERRICK MATTHEWS explai...
Matthews on why we need a public health approach to HIV (video)

IDM's DERRICK MATTHEWS explains Pitt Public Health's work on HIV/AIDS and where we are today. "If your’e a black gay man in the U.S., you have a one in two change in your lifetime of becoming HIV positive…short of the cure that we’re looking for, the biology is way ahead of the social implementat... (06/20/2018)

Matthews discusses the fields of infectious diseases and microbiology (IDM) (video)

IDM's DERRICK MATTHEWS demyst...
Matthews discusses the fields of infectious diseases and microbiology (IDM) (video)

IDM's DERRICK MATTHEWS demystifies infectious diseases and microbiology with a basic overview of the fields, how they are practiced, and how disease is spread.  (06/19/2018)

Development of antibody biomarkers of long term and recent dengue virus infections

JOURNAL OF VIROLOGICAL METHOD...
Development of antibody biomarkers of long term and recent dengue virus infections

JOURNAL OF VIROLOGICAL METHODS - BURKE, MARQUES, and colleagues discuss anti-dengue NS1-specific IgG and IgG3 as potential biomarkers of long-term and recent (less than 6 months) DENV infections, respectively.  (06/14/2018)

Tradition and innovation in development of a Zika vaccine

THE LANCET - MARQUES and BURK...
Tradition and innovation in development of a Zika vaccine

THE LANCET - MARQUES and BURKE comment about two Zika vaccines in clinical development and describe the challenges ahead. (06/14/2018)

 

Mon
9/24
IDM Seminar Series
Jia Yao Phuah, PhD IDM Seminar Series
Jia Yao Phuah, PhD
Mon 9/24 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

"Neutrophil Responses to Acute Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Infection in Non-Human Primates
Coinfected with
Simian Immunodeficiency Virus"

Wed
9/26
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Henry Ma presents on A recombinant antibody-expressing influenza virus (Cell Report) IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Henry Ma presents on A recombinant antibody-expressing influenza virus (Cell Report)
Wed 9/26 12:00PM - 1:00PM
2121A Public Health

Jennifer R. Hamilton, Gayathri Vijayakumar, Peter Palese.  A recombinant Antibody-Expressing Influenza Virus delays Tumor Growth in a Mouse Model.  Cell Reports  22:1-2, 2018.
Mon
10/1
IDM Seminar Series
Jennifer Bowling / Roberta Mettus IDM Seminar Series
Jennifer Bowling / Roberta Mettus
Mon 10/1 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Wed
10/3
IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Renee Anderko IDM PhD & MS Journal Club
Renee Anderko
Wed 10/3 12:00PM - 1:00PM
2121A Public Health

Mon
10/8
IDM Seminar Series
TBA IDM Seminar Series
TBA
Mon 10/8 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

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