Jeffrey N. Weiser, MD, Appointed Chair of the Department of Microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that Jeffrey N. Weiser, MD, has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Microbiology, effective January 1, 2015.

An internationally recognized expert in the molecular basis of infectious disease, Dr. Weiser hails from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, where he has been a professor of microbiology and pediatrics.

In his new role, Dr. Weiser will expand on the Department of Microbiology’s longstanding history of contributing to the fight against infectious disease through a greater understanding of its molecular basis. Today, new tools enable deeper knowledge of the mechanisms of disease, even as globalization and increasing rates of resistance to antibiotics make infections such as Ebola and Staph ever-growing threats to human health.

Dr. Weiser is known for his extensive research on the underlying molecular mechanisms at work in the interactions between host and pathogen, including Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, influenza virus, and others, that commonly infect the human respiratory tract. Many of Dr. Weiser’s investigations focus on a bacteria’s colonization of mucosal surfaces in the upper respiratory tract, which is often the gateway in the disease process. He is the primary investigator on a number of major projects, including three that are funded by NIH grants.

After earning his bachelor’s of science from Stanford University, Dr. Weiser received his MD from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weiser holds four patents and  four more are in review, he has lectured extensively both in the United States and abroad, and has published more than 150 scientific papers. He is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology, in addition to being a member of a number of professional and scientific societies.

Dr. Weiser’s predecessor Claudio Basilico, MD, the Jan T. Vilcek Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis, led the Department of Microbiology for 30 years and grew the department from a small cadre of faculty to over 25 nationally and internationally recognized faculty members Dr. Basilico announced his decision to step down as chair, a position he has held since 1990, in October of last year. He will remain on faculty at NYU Langone.

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