Infectious Diseases: Basic and Translational Research

The Division of Infectious Diseases has a long commitment to basic science and translational research, including a long commitment to HIV/AIDS research.

Our research interests include:

  • The prevention of healthcare-associated infections, including an examination of risk factors for MRSA colonization and infection and investigation of non-tuberculous mycobacteria infections associated with heater-cooler devices in the OR
    (Dr. Cindy Whitener)
  • Basic science of retroviral Gag proteins and viral particle assembly
    (Dr. Leslie Parent)
  • Strategies to optimize HIV testing, linkage and retention in care; mentoring trainee research projects.
    (Dr. Tonya Crook)
  • Understanding the unmet needs of HIV-infected patients in Pennsylvania
    (Dr. John Zurlo, in collaboration with the PA Dept. of Health)
  • Human papilloma virus infection in HIV-infected women
    (Drs. Ping Du, Neil Christensen, Craig Meyers and John Zurlo)
  • Late presentation and lost-to-followup of HIV-infected patients
    (Drs. Ping Du, and John Zurlo)
  • HIV testing behaviors in the US
    (Dr. Ping Du, Eugene Lengerich and John Zurlo)
  • Routine risk screening and HIV prevention education among HIV-infected patients
    (Drs. Tonya Crook, Ping Du and John Zurlo)
  • Syphilis in HIV-infected patients
    (Drs. Ping Du and John Zurlo)
  • Tobacco use among HIV-infected patients
    (Drs. Ping Du and John Zurlo)
  • Developing and directing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; data analysis and mechanisms to optimize the use of antimicrobials
    (Dr. Michael Katzman)
  • Using structural biology and molecular biology to understand mechanisms of host entry for enteroviruses and human papillomavirus
    (Dr. Susan Hafenstein)
  • Plasmodium falciparum, including understanding the role of complement in immunity against malaria and in the process of red cell invasion, as well as the mechanisms of destruction of uninfected red cells and the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria using a mouse model
    (Dr. Jose Stout)