Melinda Mary Pettigrew, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases: Vaccine Group | Global Health Concentration

CPIRT - Pulmonary Infection Research and Treatment

Office of Student Research

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Microbiology: Bacteria; Environmental Microbiology

Global Health Initiative: Infectious Diseases

Office of Cooperative Research


Melinda Pettigrew, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Microbial Diseases, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Title IX coordinator at the Yale School of Public Health. She completed a fellowship from the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women in 2013 and was a Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellow in 2014-2015. Professor Pettigrew has an international reputation in the molecular epidemiology of respiratory tract infections, particularly in Streptococcus pneumoniae as a cause of otitis media and community-acquired pneumonia. Other research interests include infectious causes of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the study of antibiotic induced disruptions to the microbiota. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Antibiotic Resistance Leadership group and serves on the editorial board of mBio.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (1999)
Postdoctoral Fellow University of Michigan School of Public Health

Honors & Recognition

  • New Professional Award Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health (2009)

Professional Service

  • Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases (CRFS) National Institutes of Health (2010 - 2014)

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Contact Info

Melinda Mary Pettigrew, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 720

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034