Martine Armstrong, MBBS, MD
Senior Research Scientist Emeritus of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
Years active at Yale: 1968-1997
Dr. Armstrong is being recognized for her studies of retroviruses and her service as an administrator overseeing the university’s animal care committee. She also served on the Yale Biological Safety Advisory Committee and was acting vice-chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health from 1993 to 1995.
Dr. Armstrong’s early career focused on the study of retroviruses in mouse models. In the early 1980s, with the appearance of AIDS, a retrovirus, she turned to the study of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Before retroviral therapy it was a common cause of death in AIDS patients. Dr. Armstrong studied the in vitro cultivation of Pneumocystis carinii, an opportunistic protozoon pathogen, and the delineation of the pathogen’s interaction with host lung tissue. Her research led to about 40 papers and reviews.
In 2015, she was inducted into the Winslow Centennial Honor Roll for Excellence and Service, which was established to honor 100 alumni and/or faculty who made outstanding contributions to public health during the Yale School of Public Health’s first 100 years.