Research

UCSF is one of the world's leading centers for biomedical research and training, spanning epidemiological and outcomes research to ground-breaking molecular medicine. We have an established reputation in both the basic and clinical sciences, ranking second in NIH funding nationwide, and first among all public institutions.

Researchers in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health are performing state-of-the-art work in a broad range of areas, with particular strengths in global health, pathogen-specific immunity, and perinatal infections. Members of our division have active research programs to address major global health threats including malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis. Current areas of investigation led by our faculty include the pathogenesis of intrauterine infections, fetal and infant immunity, infections of the central nervous system, enteroviral pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of pediatric HIV, malaria and HIV immunology and vaccine development, and global malaria eradication.

Our Division is strongly committed to training the academic Pediatric Infectious Disease leaders of the future, including physician-scientists and clinical and translational researchers. Our training program leverages the strength and diversity of the UCSF scientific community. Investigators collaborate with scientists in several UCSF clinical and basic science departments as well as the UCSF Global Health Sciences program, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and the California Department of Health. Research resources include the UCSF Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute and the Training in Clinical Research program, which offers didactic instruction in research methodologies. We have a strong track record of supporting fellows to apply for and receive K-level NIH funding (with 100% success among applicants over the past decade).