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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

Benchtop, Research, Bedside and Application
Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Robert L. Atmar, M.D.

Robert Atmar

Department of Medicine - Infectious Diseases

Phone: 713-798-6849
Fax: 713-798-6802


  • M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Fellowship, Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Research Interests

  • Respiratory viruses
  • Enteric viruses
  • Vaccine biology

Clinical Focus

  • Clinical trials
  • Infectious diseases
  • Respiratory diseases

Selected Publications

  • Atmar RL, Keitel WA, Cate TR, Munoz FM, Ruben F, Couch RB. A dose-response evaluation of inactivated influenza vaccine given intranasally and intramuscularly to healthy young adults. Vaccine. 2007. 25:5367-73.
  • Couch RB, Winokur P, Edwards KM, Black S, Atmar RL, Stapleton JT, Kissner JM, Shinefield H, Denny TN, Bybel MJ, Newman FK and Yan L, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Smallpox Vaccine Study Group. Reducing the dose of smallpox vaccine reduces vaccine-associated morbidity without reducing vaccination success rates or immune responses. J Infect Dis. 2007. 195:826-32.
  • Daver NG, Shelburne SA, Atmar RL, Giordano TP, Stager CE, Reitman CA, White AC Jr. Oral step-down therapy is comparable to intravenous therapy for Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis. J Infect. 2007. 54:539-44.
  • Keitel WA, Atmar RL. Preparing for a possible pandemic: influenza A/H5N1 vaccine development. Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2007. 7(5):484-90.
  • Atmar RL, Keitel WA, Patel SM, Katz JM, She D, El Sahly H, Pompey J, Cate TR, Couch RB. Safety and immunogenicity of nonadjuvanted and MF59-adjuvanted influenza A/H9N2 vaccine preparations. Clin Infect Dis. 2006. 43:1135-42.
  • Estes MK, Prasad BV, Atmar RL. Noroviruses everywhere: has something changed? Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2006. 9:467-74.
  • Atmar RL, Estes MK. The epidemiologic and clinical importance of norovirus infection. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2006. 5:275-90.

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