David A Relman, MD
Year elected: 1998
Current membership category: Senior
Stanford University
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
3801 Miranda Ave 154T
Palo Alto, CA 94304
United States of America
Phone: 650-852-3308
Facsimile: 650-852-3291

Honors and awards

National Academy of Medicine (2011)

Biographical statement

My primary current research focus is the human microbiome, and in particular, variation in patterns of microbial diversity within the human body as a function of time (microbial succession), space (biogeography within the host landscape), and in response to perturbation, e.g., antibiotics (community robustness and resilience). One of the goals of this work is to define the role of the human microbiome in health and disease. This research integrates theory and methods from ecology, population biology, environmental microbiology, genomics and clinical medicine. During the past few decades, my research directions have also included pathogen discovery and the development of new strategies for identifying previously-unrecognized microbial agents of disease. This work helped to spearhead the application of molecular methods to the diagnosis of infectious diseases in the 1990’s. This research has emphasized the use of genomic approaches for exploring host-microbe relationships. See http://relman.stanford.edu

Institutional affiliations

Stanford University School of Medicine (Primary)
William T. Clusin, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.
VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Secondary)


Cell Biology
Infectious Disease
Internal Medicine
Molecular Biology

Positions held

Professor, Associate