The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases has named Jeanne Marrazzo, leading expert in the field of infectious diseases and HIV, its new director.
“I am thrilled to have Dr. Marrazzo join our department to lead the division at a time when it is thriving,” UAB Department of Medicine Chair Seth Landefeld said. “Despite great advances in vaccines and antibiotics, infectious diseases remain major threats to our health — whether it’s the age-old scourge of tuberculosis, a super-virulent staph or a new epidemic like Zika virus. Tackling these diseases and growing our faculty of world leaders will advance health and health care for Alabamians and many, many others.”
Marrazzo is currently studying the effects of the Nuvaring, a contraceptive vaginal ring for women. In addition, she is studying how the ring interacts with those who have HIV and those who don’t.
As part of her time at UAB, Marrazzo hopes to continue her research, while also looking at new infectious diseases. She plans to build a strong department that collaborates on ideas and projects alike.
“UAB has been a leader in HIV and STD research for decades, with a well-recognized reputation and body of work,” Marrazzo said. “For example, the 1917 Clinic — which provides primary care to people living with HIV and also conducts world-class research — is iconic and a fixture of excellence in providing care to vulnerable populations, which is a critical part of working in the infectious diseases field.”