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Ann M. Arvin

Academic Appointments

  • Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Pediatric Infectious Disease 730 Welch Rd 2nd Fl MC 5884 Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel Work (650) 723-5682 Fax (650) 725-8040
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 498-6227
    Alternate Contact
    Nancy Wilkening Administrative Assistant Tel Work 650-498-6227
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Infectious Diseases, Pediatric
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease

Administrative Appointments

  • Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Stanford University (2006 - present)
  • Associate Dean of Research, Stanford University (2001 - 2006)

Honors and Awards

  • Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012)
  • Distinguished Graduate Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2010)
  • Elected member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009)
  • Director's Advisory Council, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (2007-2011)
  • Albion Walter Hewlett Award, Stanford University School of Medicine (2004)
  • Elected member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science (2003)
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Professional Education

Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (1978)
Internship: UCSF Medical Center CA (1973)
Residency: UCSF Medical Center CA (1975)
Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center CA (1978)
Medical Education: University of Pennsylvania PA (1972)
M.D.: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Medicine (1972)



Postdoctoral Advisees

Emilia VanniEdward Yang

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes varicella (chickenpox) and zoster (shingles). Our laboratory investigates the molecular virology of VZV, focusing on the functional roles of particular viral gene products in pathogenesis and virus-cell interactions in differentiated human cells in SCID mouse models of VZV infection in vivo. Aspects of VZV tropism are investigated using SCID mice that have human skin, T cell and dorsal root ganglion xenografts and VZV recombinant viruses that have targeted mutations of viral promoters, open reading frames and non-coding regions. The consequences of targeted mutations in the VZV genome reveal functions that are important for VZV pathogenesis and that counteract intrinsic cellular regulation of VZV replication. These studies provide information relevant for developing new genetically engineered vaccines to reduce the disease burden of VZV infections.


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