Helen Rich, PhD

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

I was provided the flexibility I needed to decide between microbiology and immunology, and the graduate programs at the School of Medicine let us live an enjoyable life in Pittsburgh even while we are in graduate school due to their significant financial support for the area's cost of living.

After graduation, Helen accepted a position in the laboratory of Dr. Bethany Moore at the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow.

Doctoral Dissertation

Controlling Bacterial Super-infection During Influenza

Education & Training

  • PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Pittsburgh, 2019
  • BS in Biology (High Honors), Oberlin College, 2014

Research Interests

Host-pathogen interaction; infectious disease; bacteriology; immunology


Robinson KM, Ramanan K, Clay ME, McHugh KJ, Rich HE and Alcorn JF. 2017. Novel protective mechanism for interleukin-33 at the mucosal barrier during influenza-associated bacterial superinfection. Mucosal Immunol. [Epub ahead of print].