The 2017 Merigan Lecture

The Annual Thomas C. Merigan Jr. Lecture

Each year the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine hosts the Thomas C. Merigan, Jr. Lecture. This endowed lectureship is in honor of Dr. Merigan, Professor Emeritus, and the former Chief of the division of Infectious Diseases at Stanford. Dr. Merigan is an internationally known virologist whose laboratory contributed the tests to measure HIV viral load, among many other notable achievements, and he trained many leaders in the field of infectious diseases. Each year, the lectureships brings a renowned scientist to speak about their work in infectious diseases at Medicine Grand Rounds. The first lecture, in 1994, was given by Dr. Jonas Salk.

Timeline of Speakers

  • 1994 Jonas E. Salk, MD
  • 1995 Karl Johnson, MD
  • 1996 Robert Channock, MD
  • 1997 Baruch Blumberg, MD
  • 1998 Robert C. Gallo, MD
  • 1999 Maurice R. Hilleman, PhD, DSc
  • 2000 Michael B. A. Oldstone, MD
  • 2001 Stanley N. Cohen, MD
  • 2002 Harriet Robinson, PhD
  • 2003 Richard D. Klausner, MD
  • 2006 John E. Wennberg, MD, MPH
  • 2007 Lawrence Corey, MD
  • 2008 Douglas Richman, MD
  • 2009 Mark Wainberg, PhD
  • 2010 Caroline Hall, MD
  • 2012 Anthony S. Fauci, MD
  • 2013 Thomas C. Quinn, MD
  • 2014 Bruce Walker, MD
  • 2015 Julie Overbaugh, PhD
  • 2016 Peter Piot, MD, PhD, FRCP
  • 2017 David Heymann, MD
  • 2018 Steven Holland, MD


Wed., May 23, 2018, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Li Ka Shing Center LKSC Conference Room, 1st Floor


Steven M. Holland, M.D.

The 2018 Merigan Lecturer

Steven M. Holland, M.D., is the Director of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). As Director, Dr. Holland provides overall executive direction and scientific leadership for the Division’s basic and clinical research activities.  Prior to becoming Director, DIR, NIAID, Dr. Holland served NIAID as Chief of the Laboratory of Clinical and Infectious Diseases (LCID). Dr. Holland continues to lead a program in NIAID as chief of its Immunopathogenesis Section in the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology.

Dr. Holland’s research areas of special interest have included Job's syndrome (autosomal dominant STAT3 deficiency) and the genetic conditions predisposing people to mycobacterial infections. More recently, he has been interested in genetic conditions associated with severe coccidioidomycosis and acquired forms of anticytokine autoimmunity predisposing to opportunistic infections.  Dr. Holland is the author of more than 500 publications and has been named an NIH Distinguished Investigator.  He has received the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award, the American College of Physicians Award for Science, the Boyle Scientific Achievement Award of the Immune Deficiency Foundation, the American Society for Microbiology Abbott Award, the Erwin Neter Award of the Association of Medical Laboratory Immunologists, and the NIH Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award, among other awards. He received his B.A. degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1979 and his M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1983.  He remained at Johns Hopkins for his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and fellowship in infectious diseases.  He came to NIAID in 1989 to study the molecular biology of HIV, and in 1991 moved to the Laboratory of Host Defenses, NIAID, to study phagocytes and phagocyte immunodeficiencies. In 2004, he became chief of LCID, NIAID, a position he held until his appointment as Director, DIR in July 2016.


Dr. Thomas C. Merigan, Professor Emeritus