Infectious Diseases


Contact Information
Infectious Disease
Alice Prince, MD
(212) 305-4193
Lubna Shamsi, MPH
(212) 305-5831
(212) 342-5278

Marc Foca, MD

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Infection prevention in solid organ and stem cell transplantation
  • Mitochondrial genetics in HIV drug metabolism
  • Thrasher foundation supported

View publications from Dr. Foca here

Anne Gershon, MD

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Determine how varicella zoster virus (VZV) establishes latency in the gastrointestinal tract and reactivates to give rise to gastrointestinal (enteric) shingles
  • Characterize enteric shingles and determine how reactivation of VZV in the gut and other sites can be diagnosed, prevented, and treated
  • Determine the molecular state of VZV during lytic and latent infections
  • Develop in vitro and in vivo animal models in which VZV infection of enteric nerve cells, establishment of latency in them, and the process of reactivation can be investigated
  • We have developed the very first animal (the guinea pig) in which we can establish latent infection by means of an artificial viremia, and reactivate the virus from latency to cause a disseminated illness
  • To achieve reactivation, we suppress the immune system with tacrolimus, and then utilize corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH) to mimic stress
  • Supported by R01 DK 093094

View publications from Dr. Gershon here.

Natalie Neu, MD, MPH

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Adolescent HIV
  • Adolescent sexually transmitted infections
  • Infection control and pediatric long term care

Grants to support these activities:

  • Project STAY- Services to Assist Youth (Adolescent HIV) (PI: Cohall) New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute (SDHAI/CU 505068211) - Medical Director
  • National Network of Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Clinical Prevention and Training Center (Columbia University and Public Health Solutions) (PI: Cohall) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant ( RPA PS 14-1407) - Core Faculty
  • Keep It Clean for Kids: The KICK Project (2012-2016) (Co-PIs: Larson and Saiman) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (R01HS021470)

View publications from Dr. Neu here.

Philip LaRussa, MD

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Safety of immunizations for children, adolescents & adults
  • Safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of varicella vaccine
  • Prevention and management of pediatric HIV infection in resource poor countries
  • Prevention and management of infectious complications of sickle cell disease in subsaharan countries
  • CISA, CDC support

View publications from Dr. LaRussa here.

Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH

Clinical and research interests:

  • Cystic fibrosis and infection prevention and control across the spectrum of healthcare

Current projects include:

  • Standardizing strategies to reduce surgical site infections following cardiac and spine surgery
  • Infection control in pediatric long term care facilities
  • Community-based surveillance study of acute respiratory illness that uses text messaging for active surveillance of illness and obtains nasal swabs to detect viral pathogens using RT-PCR technology
  • In CF - Preventing infections through implementation of infection prevention and control strategies
  • NICU - Prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections

View publications from Dr. Saiman here.

Anne Moscona, MD

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Paramyxovirus infection
  1. Molecular basis for paromyxoviral entry into respiratory cells
  2. Engineering peptides to block entry of measles and henipaviruses
  3. Development of protease-resistant peptides as antivirals

View publications from Dr. Moscona here.

Matteo Porotto, PhD

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Novel strategies for inhibiting viral infection:
  1. Blocking measles via intranasal delivery of F targeting peptides
  2. Development of self- assembling nanoparticles for intranasal delivery of influenz fusion inhibitors
  3. Analysis of measles virus adaptation to the CNS

View publications from Dr. Porotto here.

Dane Parker, PhD

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Role of type I IFNs in the pathogenesis of bacterial pneumonia
  • Development of humanized mouse models of S. aureus infection

View publications from Dr. Parker here.

Alice Prince, MD

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Pathogenesis of bacterial infections of lung and skin
  • Activation of host signaling in response to MDR ST 258 K. pneumoniae and P. aeruginosa infection
  • MRSA activation of keratinocyte signaling in the pathogenesis of skin infection
  • TNF associated signaling in the pathogenesis of MRSA pneumonia

View publications from Dr. Prince here.