The mission of the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine is to be an internationally outstanding academic center. Our faculty members conduct research, analyze policy, deliver clinical care, and provide specialized training to healthcare providers locally, nationally and internationally. Our goal is to be a resource for infectious disease identification, prevention and treatment issues, including bioterrorism and the emergence of new pathogens.
ID in the NEWS
Please help us welcome Dipak Raj, PhD as an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease. Prior to joining the division, Dr. Raj worked as an Assistant Professor at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. During his years of research on malaria, including the postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Health and Brown University, he achieved several recognitions and awards, including the New Investigator Award in 2011 by Lifespan, USA.
A specialist in molecular parasitology, his research interests focus on therapeutic targets against falciparum malaria. Dr. Raj's recent research work on a malaria vaccine was published in journals like "Nature," "Clinical Infectious Diseases," and "Science."
He is currently serving as an ad-hoc member of several NIH Grant Review committees and Principal Investigator of an NIAID-funded R01 grant.
Dr. Raj is also holding a position as adjunct Assistant Professor at Alpert Brown Medical School at Brown University and advising a research group specializing in identifying pediatric vaccines against the deadly falciparum malaria. Dr. Raj will join the Interdisciplinary Research team at the Infectious Disease & International Medicine Division and continue his research on malaria vaccine development.
Thanks to the ID faculty who volunteered to participate in this year's ID Fellowship candidate interview and ranking process, we matched all six of our positions! Established in 1980, the USF Infectious Disease Fellowship Program is the largest ID fellowship in Florida. We currently have a total of 11 fellows and we are ACGME accredited. We boast a 100% Board passing rate for over 150 graduates. We welcome this talented new class of Fellows to our training program this summer!
Dr. Beata Casanas recently presented a virtual lecture on Tuberculosis to over 65 villagers from Malawi. Faculty member, Dr. Sadaf Aslam is an "AIM Doctor" with the OUR AIM Foundation and suggested Dr. Casanas as a speaker. The lecture was also attended by the AIM health staff along with a few learners from Pakistan and India. OUR AIM provides underserviced areas of Malawi, India, Pakistan, and the US, as well as Rohingya, Sirian and Palestinian refugee camps with medical resources, training and infrastructure. Dr. Casanas generously agreed to conduct another training for doctors, nurses and other health scholars through the organization.
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