Skip Navigation
Leading research to understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases
NIH HHS News Release Logo
National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Monday, Aug. 27, 2012

Skip Content Marketing
  • Share this:
  • submit to facebook
  • Tweet it
  • submit to reddit
  • submit to StumbleUpon
  • submit to Google +

Website Commemorates Dr. Joseph Kinyoun as Father of the NIH

NIH Evolved from One-Room Laboratory He Founded 125 Years Ago

On August 27, 1887, Joseph James Kinyoun, M.D., founded the Hygienic Laboratory on Staten Island, N.Y., the forerunner of what ultimately would become the nation’s leading biomedical research agency, the National Institutes of Health. In his one-room laboratory, Dr. Kinyoun used a microscope to first identify cholera in the United States. When the laboratory later moved to Washington, DC, and expanded, he developed treatments and vaccines for infectious diseases, such as diphtheria and rabies.

To help mark the 125th anniversary of the NIH, a website exploring Dr. Kinyoun’s legacy has been greatly expanded. The website features a detailed new monograph about Dr. Kinyoun’s life and accomplishments, and aggregates historical photos, publications and multimedia resources about him and the Hygienic Laboratory. The website also highlights the Kinyoun Lecture series, established at NIH in 1979, and includes videocasts of recent lectures by world-renowned researchers and public health experts on advances in the study of infection and immunity.

NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., and David M. Morens, M.D., senior advisor to the director of NIAID, are available to discuss Dr. Kinyoun’s role in the history of NIH and his contributions to public health.

To schedule interviews, please contact Nalini Padmanabhan, (301) 402-1663,

NIAID conducts and supports research—at NIH, throughout the United States, and worldwide—to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses. News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID website.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

NIH...Turning Discovery Into Health ®

back to top

Last Updated August 27, 2012

Last Reviewed August 24, 2012