David A. Relman

Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Bio:   David A. Relman, MD is the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in Medicine, and Microbiology & Immunology, and Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He is also Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Relman’s research focus is the human indigenous microbiota, and the identification of previously-unrecognized microbial agents of disease. He has advised the U.S. Government on emerging infectious diseases, human-microbe interactions, and future biological threats. He is Chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats at the Institute of Medicine (National Academies of Science) and Past President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a Member of the Institute of Medicine.

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital (1986) MA
  • Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital (1986) MA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1988) CA
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (1985) MA
  • Board Certification: Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (1988)
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1985)
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (1982) MA
  • S.B., M.I.T., Biology (1977)
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, Medicine (1982)

Honors & Awards

  • NIH Transformative Research Award, NIH (2013)
  • Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science (2011-)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010)
  • Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor, Stanford University (2009-)
  • Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2006)
  • NIH Director's Pioneer Award, NIH (2006)
  • Kinyoun Lecturer, NIAID/NIH (2005)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (2003)
  • Senior Scholar Award in Global Infectious Diseases, Ellison Medical Foundation (2002)
  • Squibb Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America (2001)

Administrative Appointments

  • Senior Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Chief, Infectious Diseases Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (2002 - Present)
  • Chair, Administrative Panel on Biosafety, Stanford University (2001 - Present)