Phot: Elizabeth S. Didier, Ph.D.

Publications: PubMed

Division of Microbiology
Tulane National Primate Research Center
18703 Three Rivers Road
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Phone: 985-871-6249
Fax: 985-871-6248

Department of Tropical Medicine
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University
1440 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone:  504-988-6249
Fax: 504-988-7313


Elizabeth S. Didier, Ph.D.

Professor of Tropical Medicine, Division of Microbiology, TNPRC

Research Scientist and Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, SPHTM


B.S., Biology, Denison University, Granville, OH

M.S., Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Ph.D., Immunology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Research Interests:

Over many years, research in the Didier lab focused on microsporidia that are emerging and re-emerging fungal parasites associated with opportunistic infections and disease in humans including persons with HIV, organ transplant recipients, malnourished children, and the elderly. Subclinical infections are common in otherwise healthy individuals, and infections are transmitted between humans and from animals. Our research has utilized murine and nonhuman primate models of microsporidiosis to study molecular epidemiology, immunology, pathophysiology, drug therapies, and diagnostic methods. We also collaborated with investigators to better understand the evolution of the microsporidia.

Currently, our research focusses on the immunology of aging. We are using the rhesus macaque nonhuman primate model that can be applied to better understand human aging. Markers of inflammation are being used to test predictions about vaccine efficacy and infection susceptibility in relation to healthy vs less-healthy aging. Through collaborations with Dr. Marcelo Kuroda, Chair in the Division of Immunology, we are studying the role of macrophages in innate immunity and pathogenesis, as well as in the establishment of viral reservoirs using the nonhuman primate model of SIV/AIDS plus ART and accelerated aging. Studies also are underway to target replacement of dysfunctional long-lived macrophages to restore homeostasis and ameliorate inflamm-aging.

The TNPRC is a division of Tulane University (985) 871-6201