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Priya
Duggal
,
PhD

Vice Chair for Faculty, Department of Epidemiology
Professor
Priya Duggal

Departmental Affiliations

Primary
Division
Genetic Epidemiology
Joint
Division
Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W6511
Baltimore
Maryland
21205
US        
410-955-0863

Research Interests

epidemiology; genetics; infectious disease; diarrhea; malnutrition; HIV; snp; amebiasis; leishmaniasis; cholera; acute flaccid myelitis; COVID-19;long COVID
Experiences & Accomplishments
Education
PhD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2003
MPH
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
1998
BA
Wesleyan University
1995
Overview
My primary research interest is on the host genetic susceptibility to infectious disease. Infectious diseases epitomize a complex disease because both genetic and environmental factors must play a role in susceptibility and progression of disease. The exposure to an environmental pathogen is critical to risk, but genes in the host can influence innate and adaptive immunity and thus the risk of disease and its severity. My goal is to identify the underlying mechanisms of infectious disease by identifying host genetic variants that alter or influence our immune response. I work with adult and pediatric populations within the United States and Internationally (Bangladesh, Brazil) to identify host genes associated with parasitic (E. histolytica, Cryptosporidium, Giardia) and viral (hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus, rotavirus) infections. I am especially interested in the role of malnutrition in diarrheal disease and the identification of ancestry specific mutations. My work has led to the identification of loci for several infectious diseases. I am also currently enrolling families with Acute Flaccid Myelitis into a study focused on identifying genes that may explain paralysis following a viral infection. And I am leading the genetics arm of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) study 50,000 children and mothers. Most recently we are working on COVIDgene, a study of host genetics and COVID-19 & COVIDlong a study of post acute symptoms following COVID-19 infection-- more details at www.covid-long.com
Honors & Awards
2002  NHGRI Directors Distinguished Service Award, NIH 2004  Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NIH 2005  NHGRI Intramural Research Award, NIH (1 of 3 awarded to an outstanding research fellow) 2012  Teaching Excellence, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2013 Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Center Award, Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions 2016 Catalyst Award, Office of the Provost, Johns Hopkins University
Select Publications
Click here for a full list of my PubMed citations
Projects
Genetics of Malnutrition and Enteric Disease
Genetics of glaucoma related traits
Genetic susceptibility to leishmaniasis
Hepatitis C
Genetics of Acute Flaccid Myelitis
COVIDgene: Host Genetics of COVID-19
COVID Long