Epithelial cells infected with a recombinant Epstein-Barr virus engineered to express green fluorescent protein. Nuclei are stained red due to expression of a viral protein in the nucleus.
Rhodococcus Equii, a rare bacterial infection that may affect patients with weakened immune systems.
The Infectious Diseases Division(a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine) has 12 full-time faculty at the University of Utah Medical Center and 13 affiliated faculty at LDS, IMC and the VA hospital who are actively involved in clinical, educational and research endeavors in infectious diseases.
Our faculty are active in both laboratory and clinical research, with a focus on the pathogenesis of infectious diseases.
Our specific research interests include:
1- Epstein Barr virus, Herpes Simplex Virus, HIV, and Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpes virus.
2- Opportunistic infections in immunocompromised hosts especially cytomegalovirus (CMV) and invasive fungal infections.
3- Malaria and its complications; Geosentinel surveillance of infections in returning travelers.
4- Viral triggers of multiple sclerosis.
5- Antibiotic resistance, MRSA and antibiotic stewardship.
Our goal is to prevent, treat and care for patients with infectious diseases in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
The division provides general ID, HIV and Immunocompromised inpatient consultation services at the University of Utah Medical Center and at LDS Hospital, IMC and the VA. The division also has active programs in antibiotic stewardship, infection control and early epidemic investigation.
In Clinic 1A, our providers see patients with general infectious disease problems such as osteomyelitis, septic arthritis and endocarditis. Specialty clinics specializing in HIV, travel and tropical medicine, transplant infectious diseases and immunology are available to better serve patients with those needs.
In addition, we run outreach clinics for HIV patients at the Utah prison and in St George and oversee the sexually transmitted disease clinic at the Salt Lake Valley Health Department.
Our educational mission is to train future clinicians and researchers for an academic career in infectious diseases.
We train medical students, interns, residents and fellows in our clinics and on the inpatient services. We also offer:
Didactic and applied courses in microbiology, global health and epidemiology.
Associated Medical Microbiology fellowships at ARUP laboratories, a national reference laboratory.
International medical training opportunities in Ecuador, Peru, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, China, and India.