Kathleen L. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was appointed associate dean for physician scientist education and training in the Medical School in July 2020.
Dr. Collins, who was appointed director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in the Medical School in May 2020, is a professor of microbiology and immunology and internal medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. In her associate dean role, she is responsible for coordinating, integrating, and administering activities related to physician scientist postgraduate training programs, and overseeing all aspects of MSTP.
She is an expert in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) biology and the mechanisms of HIV disease pathogenesis. The long-term goal of her research program is to provide improved treatments for people with HIV/AIDS, which has killed millions of people and continues to infect about 40,000 people each year in this country. Her laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying HIV persistence. To provide better therapies, her team is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of viral persistence within cellular reservoirs.
Dr. Collins earned her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Medical Scientist Training Program. She received clinical training in internal medicine at Harvard University’s affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Thereafter, she was trained as an infectious disease fellow in a combined Harvard-affiliated program and did postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A recipient of Taubman Institute Scholar and Senior Scholar awards, she is an active member of the Taubman Institute Executive Committee. An elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), she serves as editor-in-chief of the ASCI journal, JCI Insight, and as an officer on the ASCI Council. She is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and National Academy of Medicine. She also is a member of the Medical School League of Research Excellence, and in 2019 received the Basic Science Research Award through the Dean’s Awards Program.