Wilburt C. Davison Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics
Professor of Immunology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Pathology
Director, Children’s Discovery Institute
Dr. Permar is a physician scientist focusing on the prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections. She is a professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular genetics and microbiology, and immunology and leads a research laboratory investigating immune protection against vertical transmission of neonatal viral pathogens, namely HIV and cytomegalovirus (CMV), using human cohorts and nonhuman primate models.
In her role as associate dean, Dr. Permar focusus on the recruitment, retention and development of physician-scientists in the School of Medicine, in all departments, centers, and institutes. She and her team facilitate a strategic plan for physician-scientist development growth areas and develop new initiatives related to physician-scientist research and training. Under Dr. Permar’s direction, the office will work to enhance collaboration of existing resources and programs at Duke and will oversee institute-wide and national physician-scientist development awards housed at Duke.