Dyann Wirth, Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Ellison Medical Foundation
Dates of Research:
July 1, 2002 — August 31, 2008
The central goal of this program is to train a cohort of scientists from the United States and around the world in modern approaches to microbial pathogenesis with an emphasis on microbial evolution. Emerging and remerging pathogens represent major threats to human health, and infectious diseases still account for over one third of deaths worldwide. An unprecedented opportunity now exists to reduce significantly the global burden of infectious diseases- the genomes of all the major human pathogens have been or are soon to be sequenced. The genomes of human and mouse have also been completed, and it is now possible to examine the interaction of host and pathogen with new approaches and tools. This program will bring the full resources of Harvard to bear to help reduce health disparities worldwide.