Dr. Robert Atmar – NoroCORE Food Virology
Dr. Robert Atmar

Robert L. Atmar, PhD

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John S. Dunn Research Foundation Clinical Professor in Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine & Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Robert L. Atmar is the John S. Dunn Research Foundation Clinical Professor in Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology.  He also serves as chief of the Infectious Diseases service at Ben Taub General Hospital.  Dr. Atmar received a B.S. degree in Biology from Texas A&M University in 1978 and then his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in 1981.  He subsequently completed a residency in Internal Medicine (1982-1985) and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases (1988-1990) at BCM.  His current research efforts include the following: (1) development of methods for detection of noroviruses, including detection in various food matrices; (2) evaluation of immune responses to noroviruses; and (3) evaluation of vaccine candidates and strategies for prevention of norovirus infection.

Dr. Atmar is a member of BCM’s Vaccine Treatment & Evaluation Unit and its Digestive Diseases Center.  He also is a Fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and he serves as the North American editor for the Journal of Infection. He has authored or co-authored more than 125 publications.