David Relman

Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in the Departments of Medicine
Stanford University

David A. Relman, MD, is the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California. He is also Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Relman was an early pioneer in the application of molecular methods for studying the human indigenous microbiota. Most recently, his work has focused on human microbial community assembly, and community stability and resilience in the face of disturbance. Previous work included the development of molecular methods for identifying novel microbial pathogens, and the subsequent identification of several historically important microbial disease agents, as well as molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis. Dr. Relman received an S.B. (Biology) from MIT, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1994. He is Chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats at the National Academy of Medicine, a member of the Committee on Science, Technology & Law at the National Academies of Science, and advises several US Government agencies on current and future microbial threats. He served as vice-chair of the NAS Committee that reviewed the science performed as part of the FBI investigation of the 2001 Anthrax Letters, as a member of the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity (2005-2014), and as President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (2012-2013). He received an NIH Pioneer Award in 2006, an NIH Transformative Research Award in 2011, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2011.


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