The Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) within NIAID supports research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious diseases caused by virtually all infectious agents, except HIV. The relevant DMID staff contacts for preclinical and clinical services can be found within the following program branches below:
Bacteriology and Mycology Branch
Research portfolios focus on medical mycology, hospital infections (including Acinetobacter, Klebsiella, Serratia, Legionella, Pseudomonas, Aeromonas, Enterobacter, Proteus, non-enteric E. coli, actinomycetes and others), staphylococci, enterococci, bacterial zoonoses (plague, anthrax, tularemia, glanders, melioidosis, Lyme disease, rickettsial diseases, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and Q fever), and leptospirosis.
Enteric and Hepatic Diseases Branch
Research portfolios focus on enteric viruses, such as astrovirus, noroviruses, Norwalk and rotaviruses, and hepatic viruses, including hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D, and E, enteric bacteria and their toxins. Enteric bacterial pathogens include Campylobacter spp., Clostridia spp., pathogenic Escherichia coli, Helicobacter spp., Listeria spp., Vibrio spp., enteric Yersinia spp., Salmonella serovars, Shigella spp., and Bacteroides spp. Toxins such as ricin toxin, Staphylococcus enterotoxin B, and botulinum neurotoxins, and gastrointestinal diseases associated with diarrhea, dysbiosis and the gastrointestinal microbiota and microbiome are also covered by this branch.
Parasitology and International Programs Branch
Research portfolios focus on protozoan infections, including amebiasis, cryptosporidiosis, cyclosporiasis, giardiasis, leishmaniasis, malaria, trypanosomiasis, toxoplasmosis; helminth infections, including cysticercosis, echinococcosis, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, others (e.g., roundworms, tapeworms, and flukes); invertebrate vectors/ectoparasites, black flies, sandflies, tsetse flies, mosquitoes, ticks, snails, mites; parasite biology (genetics, genomics, physiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry); protective immunity, immunopathogenesis, evasion of host responses; clinical, epidemiologic, and natural history studies of parasitic diseases; research and development of vaccines, drugs, immunotherapeutics, and medical diagnostics, and vector biology and management; mechanisms of pathogen transmission.
Respiratory Diseases Branch
Research portfolios focus on viral respiratory diseases caused by influenza viruses, human coronaviruses including SARS, MERS, and novel emerging coronaviruses, rhinoviruses, respiratory syncytial virus and other related paramyxoviruses; mycobacterial diseases, including tuberculosis, leprosy, Buruli ulcer and non-tuberculous mycobacterial diseases (particularly those causing lung infections in persons who are not also afflicted with HIV/AIDS); other bacterial respiratory diseases including acute otitis media, pharyngitis, community acquired pneumonia, acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diphtheria, pertussis, acute rhinosinusitis, streptococcal disease; and mixed viral/bacterial respiratory infections.
- André McBride (preclinical services: tuberculosis, leprosy, non-tuberculous mycobacteria)
- Chelsea Lane (preclinical services: respiratory viruses, respiratory bacteria)
- Robin Mason (clinical services)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Branch
Research portfolios focus on gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, chancroid, sexually transmitted mycoplasma infections, infections caused by Ureplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma genitalium, bacterial vaginosis, genital herpes or HSV-2, genital warts, HPV, trichomoniasis, other sexually transmitted infections (excluding hepatitis B and HIV), conditions arising from sexually transmitted infections (e.g. pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy, adverse outcomes of pregnancy, pre-term delivery, and congenital or neonatal infections), and the development of topical microbicides and multi-purpose prevention technologies.
Research portfolios focus on acute viral infections (including Nipah and Hendra viruses), arthropod-borne and rodent-borne viral diseases (including Dengue, Zika, West Nile, Japanese encephalitis, Chikungunya, yellow fever, hantavirus, etc.), viral hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Lassa fever, etc.), measles, polio, coxsackie virus, enteroviruses, poxviruses, rabies, rubella, and persistent viral diseases (including adenoviruses, BK virus, bornaviruses, coronaviruses, herpesviruses, human T-lymphotrophic virus, JC virus, human papillomaviruses, parvoviruses, emerging human polyomaviruses, and prion diseases).