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Ann Arvin
Vice Provost and Dean of Research
Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Ann Arvin, MD is the Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine and serves as the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Stanford University. She joined Stanford as a research fellow in infectious diseases in 1975 and was appointed to the faculty in 1978. Dr. Arvin served as Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division, Department of Pediatrics and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford from 1984 to 2006. She was Associate Dean of Research at Stanford from 2001 to 2006. Dr. Arvin’s principal research interests are the human herpes viruses and childhood viral diseases and vaccines. Her basic laboratory research focuses on varicella zoster virus (VZV), a herpes virus that causes chicken pox and herpes zoster (shingles). She has performed extensive basic work on the molecular mechanisms of VZV pathogenesis and the host immune response, and carried out early studies of a VZV vaccine that is now licensed for the prevention of chicken pox and zoster. Her clinical research seeks to improve the understanding of the developing immune system in infants and young children and how maturation of the immune system affects responses to viral infections and vaccines. Dr. Arvin was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 2003. She is a fellow of the American Pediatric Society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Arvin has served on many national committees, including the FDA Vaccines and Related Biologics Products Advisory Committee, Council of the American Society of Virology, and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (advisory to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services), and was chair of the WHO Committee on Research Related to Measles and Measles Vaccine. She was appointed to the Board on Life Sciences, National Academies of Science / National Research Council in 2004 and to the Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 2007. Dr. Arvin received her AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University, earned an MA in philosophy from Brandeis University, and received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and subspecialty training in infectious diseases at UCSF and Stanford.