Johns Hopkins CEIRS is developing improved methods to rapidly identify circulating influenza strains during the flu season. To do so, human influenza virus strains in the United States and Taiwan are being tracked as part of an effort to build a database of influenza cases in real time from hospitals and other health care facilities. Such surveillance and tracking in a centralized database could aid in the development of influenza vaccines that better match the circulating seasonal strains. In addition, researchers are analyzing the impact of influenza virus infection on human respiratory epithelial cells to better understand how to control and treat influenza infections.


For more information on Johns Hopkins CEIRS, read about the program in the Johns Hopkins CEIRS Brochure.
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Johns Hopkins University

Principal Investigators

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Dr. Richard Rothman, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

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Dr. Andrew Pekosz, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator


Johns Hopkins University

  • Jay Bream, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
  • Joshua Epstein, PhD, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Andrew Feldman, PhD, Principal Scientist, The Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Justin Hardick, MS, Laboratory Manager, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Eili Klein, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Advanced Modeling, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Sabra Klein, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
  • Sean Leng, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
  • Jeffrey Lin, MS, Principal Professional Staff, The Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Mary McBride, PhD
  • Andrew Pekosz, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
  • Trish Perl, MD, MSc, Professor, Department of Epidemiology
  • Richard Rothman, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Chang Gung University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

  • Chen Kuan-Fu, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Center Data Manager

Center Coordinator

  • Lauren  Sauer, MSc, Center Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance(CEIRS)