David A. Leib Named Chair of the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

David A. Leib, PhD, has been named the Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Leib is a professor of microbiology and immunology and adjunct professor of biology at Dartmouth.

David A. Leib, PhD (photo by Rob Strong)

Since joining Dartmouth in 2009, Leib has built a successful research program focusing on discovery and elucidation of new vaccines and therapeutics for neonatal herpesvirus (HSV) infections. In addition to his research efforts, Leib also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in virology at Dartmouth.

“I’m very excited to begin working with David in this new role,” says Geisel Dean Duane Compton, PhD. “He’s an outstanding member of faculty who has been engaged in our teaching and research missions for many years. He also has dedicated himself to service to the school and I look forward to interacting with him as a member of the Geisel senior leadership.”

“I am honored to become the new chair of microbiology and immunology,” says Leib. “Former chairs Bill Green, Michael Fanger, and Elmer Pfefferkorn are tough acts to follow, but with the strong foundation and the terrific cadre of current faculty, students, scientists, and administrators, I am very excited to lead and continue the development of the department.”

Leib grew up in London, England, within shouting distance of the famed Wembley Stadium, home of his favorite sport, soccer. He earned a BSc in microbiology at Birmingham University in 1983, then completed his PhD in 1986 at Liverpool University where he studied non-human primate herpesviruses. Leib continued his studies in the U.S. as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the lab of noted herpes virologist Priscilla Schaffer. In 1990, he joined the faculty at Washington University in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Molecular Microbiology. In St. Louis, Leib’s lab continued to study HSV pathogenesis, focusing on innate immunity and HSV countermeasures. The lab also developed new ways to image HSV infection and spread using real-time bioluminescence imaging. In 2009, Leib joined the Geisel School of Medicine faculty as a professor and moved his lab to Dartmouth.

When not in lab Leib can be found with his family, hiking, watching, playing or coaching soccer, and dreaming that England will someday win the World Cup again.

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