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Sallie Permar, MD, PhD

Nancy C. Paduano Professor and Chair
Weill Cornell Medicine
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

T: 212.746.4111

Feel free to contact Sallie with questions or discussions about your proposed mentor and the scientific content of your proposal.

Dr. Permar is a physician scientist focusing on the prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections.  She leads a research laboratory investigating immune protection against vertical transmission of neonatal viral pathogens, namely HIV and cytomegalovirus (CMV), using human cohorts and nonhuman primate models.  Dr. Permar has made important contributions to the development of vaccines for prevention of vertical HIV transmission, defining both innate and adaptive immune responses that are associated with protection against infant HIV acquisition.  Moreover, Dr. Permar is leading the development of HIV vaccine strategies in preclinical maternal/infant nonhuman primate models and translation of this work for clinical vaccine trials in infants. Dr. Permar has also contributed to understanding of determinants of perinatal CMV transmission, developing the first nonhuman primate model of congenital CMV infection that is now used to define the immune correlates of protection necessary to guide vaccine development.


Dr. Permar has a PhD in Microbiology/Immunology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed her clinical training in pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  She has received several prestigious early-stage investigator awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) and was inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2016 and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) in 2018. She is an institutional and national leader in physician-scientist training. She was selected by the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) as the next Director of the national Pediatric Scientist Development Program in 2019. She served as the Associate Dean of Physician-Scientist Development at Duke University Medical School before being appointed as the Nancy C. Paduano Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine in December 2020

Janet Lam, MSW

Program Manager, Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP)
Research and Administration
Department of Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medicine

Contact Janet with any general questions about the Pediatric Scientist Development Program.

Mailing Address

Pediatric Scientist Development Program
525 East 68th Street, Box 225
New York, NY  10065

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