Lesia K. Dropulic, M.D.

Lesia K. Dropulic, M.D.

Credit: NIAID
Staff Clinician, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, Medical Virology Section

Major Areas of Research

  • Severe viral Infections and genetic immunodeficiencies
  • Clinical trials of human herpesvirus vaccines
  • Clinical trials of antiviral treatments
  • Respiratory syncytial virus challenge studies


Dr. Dropulic received her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.  She completed her residency in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Subsequently, she completed her fellowship training in infectious diseases at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, where she remained on faculty and served as an attending physician for general infectious diseases, an acute care provider for patients with HIV/AIDS, and later co-directed the Transplant Infectious Diseases service at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Dropulic joined the LID as a staff clinician in 2008 and evaluates patients with unusual or severe presentations of viral infections and conducts clinical trials of viral vaccines or antiviral treatments in healthy volunteers.

Selected Publications

Dropulic LK, Lederman HM. Overview of Infections in the Immunocompromised Host. Microbiol Spectr. 2016 Aug;4(4).

Cohen JI, Dropulic L, Hsu AP, Zerbe CS, Krogmann T, Dowdell K, Hornung RL, Lovell J, Hardy N, Hickstein D, Cowen EW, Calvo KR, Pittaluga S, Holland SM. Association of GATA2 Deficiency With Severe Primary Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Infection and EBV-associated Cancers.Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jul 1;63(1):41-7.

Dropulic LK, Ali MA, Ombrello AK, Cohen JI.  Periodic Illness Associated With Epstein-Barr Virus: A New Diagnosis After a 22-Year Follow-up. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jun 15;62(12):1613-4.

Dropulic LK, Cohen JI.  The challenge of developing a herpes simplex virus 2 vaccine. Expert Rev Vaccines. 2012 Dec;11(12):1429-40.

Dropulic LK, Cohen JI.  Severe viral infections and primary immunodeficiencies. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Nov;53(9):897-909.

Dropulic LK, Cohen JI.  Update on new antivirals under development for the treatment of double-stranded DNA virus infections. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2010 Nov;88(5):610-9.

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