Dr. David Sullivan

Dr. David Sullivan, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has a joint appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine. He received a BA in Biology at the University of Virginia in 1983 and graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1988. His residency in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Training was done at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, part of Washington University. He was a research technician in a chicken immunology laboratory in 1983 and also worked in Occupational Medicine at Barnes Hospital in 1991. He moved to Johns Hopkins in 1997. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and also Infectious Diseases.

Honors and awards include the Burroughs Wellcome Leadership Award A.M.A. (1994); Healthcare for the Homeless Coalition, St. Louis, Outstanding Volunteer Service (1997); National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) New Investigator Matching Award (1999); Burroughs Wellcome Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences (1997-2000); Pew Scholars Award in Biomedical Sciences (2000-2004); and the BIAL AWARD (honourable mention) in 2011.

Dr. Sullivan has trained 7 predoctoral students and 4 postdoctoral students. Additionally, he has participated as a thesis reader in 3 international PhD dissertations. He has been principal instructor for the decades-old course Malariology for the past 5 years. He also created the online version of the course. He has been the principal instructor for Public Health biology for the past 4 years and is now directing the Biology of Parasitism course. He has been a trainer under Nirbhay Kumar’s malaria training grant first in Zimbabwe and later in Zambia. He is also a trainer on Peter Winch’s Malaria training in Mali Fogarty grant.

Dr. Sullivan co-directed a malaria drug and drug resistance two-week short course in 2004 in Harare, at which time he also visited the Malaria Institute at Macha. He has been senior author on published malaria studies in Zambia and Bangladesh. He has also led the planning of numerous JHMRI yearly international malaria meetings.

Dr. Sullivan has 17 years of research experience on malaria and the erythrocyte. His particular area of expertise is on the heme and iron metabolism in the malaria infected erythrocyte. He also contributes research expertise on malaria drugs, diagnostics, and pathophysiology.  A recently funded NIH project explores the effect of iron replacement on the outcome of both hepatic and erythrocyte murine malaria. For the past two years he has been the principal investigator on a large malaria epidemiology project in Bangladesh which is trapping hundreds of mosquitoes monthly, surveying for malaria cases both active and passive from two unions of 10,000 people each. Here is part of a team mapping the households’ spatial-temporal patterns of malaria. Dr. Sullivan has participated in the malaria  training grants as a trainer and directed short courses on malaria drugs and drug resistance. He has published over 50 primary research articles, more than a dozen book chapters, and has about a half a dozen patents.


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