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William R. Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D.

William R. Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Infectious diseasesTuberculosis (TB)Vaccines

Molecular genetics

Dr. Jacobs is pioneering the use of molecular genetics to control tuberculosis (TB), which kills nearly two million people a year. His research is identifying the genes that make Mycobacterium  tuberculosis (MTB) - the bacteria that causes TB -  virulent, identifying new drug targets and engineering weakened strains that can be used as live vaccines. Dr. Jacobs was the first scientist to introduce foreign DNA into MTB, a technique now regularly used by TB investigators around the world. read more...

 

Liise-Anne Pirofski, M.D.

Liise-Anne Pirofski, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Einstein

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Selma and Jacques Mitrani Professor of Biomedical Research, Einstein

Chief, Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Infectious diseasesPneumoniaImmunology

Bacterial infectionsFungal infectionsVaccines

Dr. Pirofski studies innate and vaccine-induced immunity to disease-causing microbes, including Cryptococcus (the leading cause of fungal meningitis globally) and Pneumococcus (the leading cause of pneumonia in the United States and globally). She has described novel ways by which antibodies protect against bacterial pneumonia and sepsis and her work has improved understanding of how Cryptococcus and Pneumococcus cause disease. read more...

 

Mark H. Einstein, M.D., M.S.

Mark H. Einstein, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health (Gynecological Oncology), Einstein

Director, Clinical Research of Women's Health and Gynecologic Oncology, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Attending Physician, Gynecologic Oncology, Montefiore

Cervical cancerHuman papillomavirus (HPV)HPV vaccine

Gynecologic cancer

Dr. Einstein specializes in preventing and treating gynecologic cancers, particularly cervical cancer.  He has studied vaccines and other ways to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, which cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer. His expertise has been cited by The New York Times and CNN and he is active in policy-making on cervical cancer prevention with the World Health Organization, American Cancer Society and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. read more...