Infectious Disease

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, and vice chair for research, Department of Medicine, was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows in this honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their...
Lindsay Taylor, MD, fellow, Infectious Disease (pictured), was chosen as a 2020 recipient of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Pearl M. Stetler Fund Research Award. The prestigious award, which is intended for women who are senior fellows or fellows transitioning to faculty at the instructor level, provides 75-percent effort funding for...
Jeniel Nett, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Infectious Disease, has been awarded approximately $2.6 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health–National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (R01 award) for her project, "Mechanism(s) of pathogenicity for Candida auris." In the project, Nett's team aims to uncover the molecular...
“Everything is about trying to enroll patients and making it as convenient for them as possible.” For Kendra Haight, BSN, RN, associate clinical nurse specialist, Infectious Disease, that one sentence describes her role in a nutshell. Haight coordinates several clinical trials led by Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease...
Dawd Siraj, MD, MPH, professor (CHS), Infectious Disease, has been selected for the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA) 2020 Leadership Institute. The year-long leadership training program is designed exclusively for mid- or senior-career infectious diseases and HIV specialists. Participants will join a growing community of ascending leaders from diverse...
Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, and vice chair for research, Department of Medicine, was named a 2020 winner of the Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award. Established by the Academy in 1982, the award recognizes educators, researchers, mentors, artists, and civic or business leaders from across Wisconsin who have made...
In response to a national campaign to end the HIV epidemic, the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program is leading numerous local outreach efforts to educate the public on the biomedical and social aspects of HIV. The national campaign, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, was announced in...
Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor, Infectious Disease, received a five-year, $481,135 R01 award from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA) for his project, "Health Systems Innovations for Supporting Transitions of Care for Incarcerated People Living with HIV, Hepatitis C and Opioid Use Disorder." People...
Every research discovery starts somewhere. In the world of biomedical research, pilot projects are an essential first step in advancing new knowledge. They give investigators an opportunity to gather preliminary data and explore creative ideas that may lead to more robust grant support—and ultimately, outcomes that improve human health. In...
Dennis Maki, MD, Ovid O. Meyer Professor of Medicine (emeritus), Infectious Disease, received the Wisconsin Alumni Association's highest honor, its Distinguished Alumni Award, on October 11, 2019. Maki has an international reputation as one of the fathers of modern-day hospital infection prevention. After earning his medical degree at the University...