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  • NIH Member Spotlight: Dr. Marcia B. Goldberg

    Professor, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA

    Dr. Marcia Goldberg is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Infectious Disease Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her laboratory focuses on the molecular nature of interactions between pathogens and hosts, with an emphasis on the bacterial pathogen Shigella, a major cause of illness and mortality among children worldwide. A second major research focus is the development of rapid diagnostics for infectious diseases, which can enhance antimicrobial stewardship efforts and combat the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

    Dr. Goldberg’s NIH Supported Research

    The Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms Training Program offers a minimum of two years of laboratory-based research training for physicians and postdoctoral Ph.D. scientists. The program, which has been supported by an NIH post-doctoral grant since 1976, has successfully trained hundreds of leaders in academic medicine and investigators who have made important contributions to the field.

    Dr. Goldberg serves as lead faculty for the bacterial host-pathogen interactions and rapid diagnostics of infection program. Other research areas include:

    • Antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and discovery of new antimicrobial targets
    • Vaccine and immunotherapy development
    • Emerging and re-remerging infectious diseases
    • Hospital-acquired infections

    Impact on Patients and Public Health

    Infectious diseases and microbiology continue to be areas of pivotal importance in health care research. Infection remains a major cause of mortality worldwide and poses serious problems of both individual and public health concern in the United States.

    The Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms training program supports the development of postdoctoral trainees as independent physician scientists and helps to ensure a robust next generation of infectious diseases researchers This training program is more important now than ever in order to maintain continued progress in the fights against antimicrobial resistance, hospital-acquired infections, and emerging infectious diseases.

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