Melinda Pettigrew appointed the Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Epidemiology

Melinda Pettigrew
Melinda Pettigrew

Melinda Pettigrew, whose research focuses on the molecular epidemiology of respiratory tract infections and the growing public health threat of antibiotic resistance, has been appointed the Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Epidemiology, effective Feb. 20. 

Pettigrew is a professor of epidemiology and the senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH).

Pettigrew conducts both laboratory and epidemiologic studies. Her work focuses on how disruptions of homeostasis in the respiratory and gastrointestinal microbiota influence colonization resistance, development of antibiotic resistance, and risk of bacterial infections.  Additional research seeks to identify epidemiologic and genetic factors that influence whether opportunistic pathogens asymptomatically colonize or cause diseases such as pneumonia and exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

Pettigrew is nationally known for her research and leadership in her roles on the steering and executive committees for the Antibiotic Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG). The ARLG is a National Institutes of Healthsponsored initiative that supports a national network of scientists to develop, implement, and manage a clinical research agenda to combat the public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance. As the associate director of the Scientific Leadership Core for the ARLG, she leads efforts to implement and integrate principles of diversity, access, equity, and inclusion throughout the network. 

A graduate of Grinnell College, Pettigrew received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1999. She conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan prior to joining the Yale School of Public Health faculty in 2002. 

Pettigrew’s research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and private foundations.  In addition to her research, she is highly regarded for her teaching. She has received the Yale School of Public Health Distinguished Teaching Award and the Inspiring Yale Award. Pettigrew is extremely committed to service at Yale and leads the educational programs at YSPH as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She is the Title IX coordinator at Yale School of Public Health. She also serves on the editorial board of the scientific journal mBio.

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