Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga holds an S.B. and S.M. from M.I.T. and an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Tufts-New England Medical Center and a research fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). Dr. Luzuriaga is currently the UMass Memorial Health Care Chair in Biomedical Research, UMMS Professor of Molecular Medicine, Pediatrics and Medicine, Vice Provost for Clinical and Translational Research, and Director of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS). Dr. Luzuriaga’s research focuses on how viruses (including human immunodeficiency virus and Epstein Barr virus) establish persistent infections in children.
As a physician-scientist, she is passionate about translating research discoveries into practice and is internationally recognized for her research on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission and for her work on early therapy of HIV–1 infected infants. Dr. Luzuriaga has held several leadership positions within the NIH-sponsored Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials and IMPAACT Groups, and is a member of the NIH NCATS CTSA Steering Committee. As the founding Director of the UMMS Office of Global Health, she has led multiple collaborative global health projects. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Perinatal Transmission of HIV. Dr. Luzuriaga is a recipient of an Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Scholar Award and an Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award.