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Miriam J. Alter, Ph.D., MPH
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Miriam J. Alter, Ph.D., MPH

Miriam J. Alter, Ph.D., MPH
Robert E. Shope Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Disease

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd, Marvin Graves Bldg., Rm 4.304F
Galveston, Texas 77555-0435
Phone: 409.747.1856
Fax: 409.747.0220
Email: mjalter@utmb.edu


Degree/Training Completed Year Name & Location
B.A. 1971 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
M.D. 1977 The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health,
Baltimore, MD
Ph.D. 1981 The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health,
Baltimore, MD


The mission of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program is to support and enhance community-based research of health conditions and events associated with infectious etiologies and to translate these results into healthier outcomes for the people served by UTMB and the state of Texas. A multidisciplinary approach to research is facilitated through teaching, mentoring, and strong collaborations with UTMB faculty and staff from a broad range of programs, other UT institutions, and leaders in the public health and private sectors. A state-of-the-art molecular epidemiology core laboratory for real-time detection and genetic characterization of infectious disease agents supports epidemiologic studies, laboratory investigations, and translational research. The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program at UTMB was established in 2006 under the umbrella of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity and in association with the Departments of Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Community Health.

Research Interests

Molecular epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection in Mexican Americans, with emphasis on disease transmission patterns, natural history; and increased incidence of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and primary hepatocellular carcinoma; role of unsafe therapeutic injections in transmitting bloodborne pathogens; long-term immunogenicity of hepatitis B vaccine; developing effective strategies for delivering preventive and medical services to underserved adults, including screening, vaccination, and therapeutic interventions.

Select Publications

Alter MJ. Viral hepatitis C. In R.L. Guerrant, D.H. Walker and P.F. Weller (eds). Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice, Third Edition. Elsevier Ltd, London. In press, 2010.
Lemon, SM, Walker C, Alter MJ, and Yi M. Hepatitis virus. In D.M. Knipe, and P.M. Howley (eds.), Fields Virology, Fifth Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, pp 1253-1304, 2007.

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