Deborah Persaud, M.D.

Professional Title


Departments / Divisions

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Pediatrics Infectious Disease

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Microbiology and Molecular Immunology



Dr. Persaud is a clinician and researcher specializing in the study and treatment of HIV-1 infection in children and adolescents. A 1985 graduate of the New York University School of Medicine, she trained in pediatrics at Babies Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, where she was chief resident. She was an infectious disease fellow, an Aaron Diamond Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a faculty member at New York University. She joined Johns Hopkins’ faculty in 1997 following a visiting lectureship at the Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.


Medical School:
New York University School of Medicine

Babies Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center – Pediatrics (chief resident)

New York University School of Medicine – Infectious Diseases

Special Interests

HIV in Children

Research Focus: Mechanisms of HIV persistence in reservoirs children, selection and transmission of drug resistant HIV during chemoprophylaxis for prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and their implications for antiretroviral therapy.  And therapeutic HIV vaccines and the development of field-friendly assays for infant diagnosis and drug resistance testing.

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