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W. Ian Lipkin, John Snow Professor in Epidemiology

W. Ian Lipkin, MD, is the John Snow Professor in Epidemiology, a professorship established in 2003 by a dedicated Mailman School donor who wishes to remain anonymous. A physician-scientist, Dr. Lipkin is the Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, as well as Professor of Epidemiology, Neurology and Pathology at both the Mailman School of Public Health and the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Lipkin is internationally recognized for leading the team that identified the West Nile virus in New York, as well as for establishing an assay for SARS infection and hand-carrying 10,000 test kits to Beijing at the height of the outbreak. In 2009, Dr. Lipkin was chosen to direct the activities of the Northeast Biodefence Center, a consortium of more than 350 scientists and 28 institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Among Dr. Lipkin’s many notable accomplishments is his work in advancing pathogen discovery techniques by developing a staged strategy using techniques pioneered in his lab. These molecular biological methods—including MassTag-PCR, the GreeneChip diagnostic and High Throughput Sequencing—represent a major step towards identifying and studying new viral pathogens that emerge locally and throughout the world. A pivotal link in a global network of investigators working to address the challenges of pathogen surveillance and discovery, Dr. Lipkin has trained more than 30 internationally-based scientists in these state-of-the art diagnostic techniques.

Learn more about the Mailman School’s Center for Infection and Immunity.