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Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy and Immunology

The Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy and Immunology provides clinical instruction, consultation and other related services for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and the VA Saint Louis Health Care System.


  • Getahun Abate, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Azra Blazevic, D.V.M.
  • Sharon E. Frey, M.D.
  • Sarah L. George, M.D.
  • Irene L. Graham, M.D.
  • Dan Hoft, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Rong Hou, M.D.
  • Brett Jagger, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Donald J. Kennedy, M.D.
  • Jianguo Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Nongnooch Poowanawittayakom, M.D.
  • Ranjit Ray, Ph.D.
  • Abayomi Agbebi, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Rama Krishna Vankayalapati, Ph.D.

Residency Program

SLU offers a two-year subspecialty residency program in infectious diseases, with third or fourth years of training available for additional experience in independent research. Our faculty members provide broad clinical and research experience, including expertise in clinical hospital epidemiology and clinical microbiology.

View the Curriculum and Syllabus (PDF)

Research and Training

As one of six federally funded Centers for Vaccine Development, the division has a strong program in bacterial and viral vaccine research, basic virology and immunology. Residents in infectious diseases can combine their clinical training with research training in microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology or cell and molecular biology.

Current research projects include development and evaluation of respiratory virus vaccines, bacterial conjugate vaccines, rotavirus vaccines, BCG, and HIV-1 vaccines. Epidemiology and basic research on influenza A virus, hepatitis C virus and pertussis are ongoing. Fundamental studies in immunology include research on the basic mechanism of immunity to intracellular parasites. PCR, DNA sequencing and other molecular biology tools are available to trainees. A biosafety level-3 laboratory provides opportunities for AIDS-related research and TB research.