Jennifer Grousd, PhD

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

I chose University of Pittsburgh because everyone I interacted with during my interview was very welcoming and happy to be at the University. The lab environments were very collaborative and welcoming and I could see myself rotating in many of the labs I had a chance to see. 

Education & Training

  • PhD in Microbiology & Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2022
  • BS in Cell and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University, 2016

Research Interests

Microbiology; infectious disease; host pathogen interactions


Grousd, J. A., Rich, H. E., & Alcorn, J. F. (2019). Host-Pathogen Interactions in Gram-Positive Bacterial Pneumonia. Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 32(3), e00107-18.

Gopal, R., Mendy, A., Marinelli, M. A., Richwalls, L. J., Seger, P. J., Patel, S., McHugh, K. J., Rich, H. E., Grousd, J. A., Forno, E., & Alcorn, J. F. (2019). Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Gamma (PPARγ) Suppresses Inflammation and Bacterial Clearance during Influenza-Bacterial Super-Infection. Viruses, 11(6), 505.