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Suresh Kuchipudi, PhD, MVSc, MBA

  • Professor and Chair, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Suresh Kuchipudi, Ph.D., is an expert in emerging and zoonotic viruses and their impact on global health. He investigates the complex interactions between pathogens and their hosts using a multidisciplinary approach. The overall goal of his research is to unravel the factors that govern zoonotic virus transmission and adaptation. His research encompasses basic and translational aspects, including developing innovative diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics to combat these viruses and improve global health outcomes.

In particular, Kuchipudi embraces “One Health,” a collaborative approach to research that recognizes the connection between the health of people, animals and the environment. Toward that mission, he has played a pivotal role in establishing several impactful global collaborations that foster international cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Kuchipudi joined Pitt Public Health in 2023, after holding several academic and clinical positions at Penn State University, where he established a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) lab for on-campus testing at Penn State during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that he worked as an assistant professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham and as an assistant professor at Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University inf Tirupathi, India.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, followed by a master’s degree in microbiology from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. He earned a doctorate from the University Glasgow and a master’s degree in business administration from Penn State Smeal College of Business.