About

The Center for Infection and Immunity has been committed to research and service in global public heath since moving from the University of California to Columbia in 2001. The CII is directed by W. Ian Lipkin, MD, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Neurology and Pathology who has been named the “World’s Most Celebrated Virus Hunter”.

Some of our key achievements include:

  • Discovered more than 700 new microbes
     
  • Created the first international laboratory within the Chinese Centers for Disease Control: Joint Research Laboratory for Pathogen Discovery
     
  • Invited by the ministry of health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the only academic institution to assist with identifying the source of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)
     
  • Established that the use of supplemental folic acid during pregnancy results in a 40% reduced risk of autism in children
     
  • Selected by the NIH to lead the controversial study to determine that xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus does not cause or contribute to the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome
     
  • Introduced the first sensitive diagnostic test for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
     
  • Identified the West Nile virus as the cause of an encephalitis outbreak in New York City in 1999
     
  • Pioneered genetic methods to rapidly identify infectious agents