Alison Morris, MD, MS

  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
  • Division Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
  • Director, Center for Medicine and the Microbiome
  • UPMC Chair in Translational Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Education & Training

  • MS, Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1997
  • MD, Duke University, 1995
  • AB in Psychobiology, Harvard College, 1990

Research Interests

Dr. Morris' research interests include HIV-associated lung disease as well as the role of the microbiome in disease. Her group works with large cohort epidemiologic studies of HIV and other diseases as well as in translational studies in which physiologic and molecular techniques are applied to patient populations. As part of her role in the Center for Medicine and the Microbiome, she works with collaborators in diverse areas studying the microbiome.

Dr. Morris’ research interests focus in several overlapping areas:

  1. Role of the microbiome in HIV-associated lung disease
  2. Understanding and manipulating the respiratory and gut microbiota in the ICU
  3. The role of nitrate-reducing bacteria in pulmonary hypertension
  4. HIV-associated emphysema and pulmonary hypertension
  5. Role of Pneumocystis and other fungi in COPD and HIV