Diane Griffin, MD, PhD
Diane Griffin, MD, PhD, is a professor and former chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and professor in Medicine and Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Griffin is a virologist widely recognized for her work on the pathogenesis of viral infections and has studied the determinants of outcome and the host responses to infection.
She is known particularly for her studies on measles and alphavirus encephalomyelitis that have delineated the role of the immune response in virus clearance, vaccine-induced protection from infection, tissue damage and immune suppression.
Dr. Griffin has long studied human measles infection in Peru and Zambia, and her lab developed a rhesus macaque model for in-depth studies of measles pathogenesis and development of protective immunity. She is currently involved in research aimed at understanding the clearance and induction of immune response to natural wild type measles virus (MeV) infection using a rhesus macaque model.
She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, as well as its current vice president. She has previously served as president of the American Society for Virology and the American Society for Microbiology.