Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Arturo Casadevall is the Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology
and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Baltimore, Maryland. A major focus of the laboratory is the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, a ubiquitous environmental microbe that is a frequent cause of disease in immunocompromised individuals. In recent years the laboratory has also worked with other microorganisms including Bacillus anthracis, a bacterium that causes anthrax and is a major agent of biological warfare.
Arturo Casadevall received his B.A. in Chemistry from Queens College, City University of New York, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from New York University. He has published over 440 scientific papers and coauthored a book on Cryptococcus neoformans. His groundbreaking work in the field of infectious diseases has been recognized by many, including the NIH, which presented him with a Merit Award in 2007. His research is focused on fungal and bacterial pathogenesis and basic immunology of antibody structure-function. He received several distinguished awards, including the Alumni Achievement Award in Basic Science from NYU, the Rhoda Benham Award of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas, and the Kass Lecture from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He has served as President of the Medical Mycology Society of America; Chair of ASM Division F; Chair of the ASM Career Development Committee; and Co-Chair of the NIAID Board of Scientific Counselors. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology. Until July 2009, Dr. Casadevall served as an editor of the ASM journal Infection and Immunity. He continues to serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
Dr. Casadevall has also been awarded a Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship, funded by Michael R. Bloomberg to enable Johns Hopkins to assemble world‐class faculty from diverse fields to promote