Dr. James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Versalovic currently serves as Head of the Department of Pathology, Chief of the Pathology Service, and Director of the Texas Children’s Microbiome Center.

Dr. James Versalovic received his M.D. with Honors at Baylor College of Medicine in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1994. He pursued clinical pathology/microbiology residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Versalovic joined the pathology staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital and served as Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School in 1999. He is board-certified in clinical pathology and molecular genetic pathology.

Dr. Versalovic currently serves as Head of the Department of Pathology, Chief of the Pathology Service, and Director of the Texas Children’s Microbiome Center. He serves as the Milton J. Finegold Professor of Pathology & Immunology, and also Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is Co-Director of the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) training program at Baylor. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Manual of Clinical Microbiology and Editor of Therapeutic Microbiology: Probiotics and Related Strategies. As a Principal Investigator, his primary research interests include the human microbiome, probiotics, medical and molecular microbiology, innate immunity, digestive diseases, and gastrointestinal physiology. His research program is supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (R01 and Roadmap funding). Dr. Versalovic has authored 88 primary manuscripts, 30 book chapters, and 2 patents. He has received the Lansky Award as a national leader in pathology under the age of 45 from the College of American Pathologists Foundation. He has also received the BioGaia Ivan Casas Probiotics Research Award and the BCM Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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