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David Diemert

David Diemert

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-994-2909
Email: Email
Department: Medicine


  • BMS, University Alberta, 1993
  • MD, University Alberta, 1995


Dr. David Diemert is  Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at GW. Additionally, he is Director of Clinical Trials at the Sabin Vaccine Institute (SVI), which he joined in 2005. Prior to joining SVI, Dr. Diemert worked for four years at the Malaria Vaccine Development Branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he was responsible for conducting clinical trials of novel malaria vaccines, both in the United States and in Mali, West Africa. Dr. Diemert earned his medical degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and completed residency and fellowship training at McGill University in Montréal. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) with certification in the specialties of internal medicine, infectious diseases and medical microbiology. Additionally, he received training in clinical tropical medicine through the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Gorgas Course in Lima, Peru.


Dr. Diemert provides direct oversight for vaccine trials sponsored by SVI, both in the United States and in Brazil. His work in Brazil has involved establishing a clinical trial site in partnership with the Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), which has included establishing a clinic in a rural area of Brazil, assembling and training a Brazilian clinical trials team, establishing quality laboratory facilities at the field site, and conducting preparatory studies of helminth epidemiology and immunology. At GW, Dr. Diemert is the Director of the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases course for the second-year medical students.

For more information, please visit the MITM Clinical Research Group website.


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

Hotez PJ, Bethony JM, Diemert DJ, Pearson M, Loukas A. Developing vaccines to combat hookworm infection and intestinal schistosomiasis. Nature Reviews Microbiology (2010); 8: 814-26.

Jariwala AR, Oliveira LM, Diemert DJ, Keegan B, Plieskatt JL, Periago MV, Bottazzi ME, Hotez PJ, Bethony JM. Potency testing for the experimental Na-GST-1 hookworm vaccine. Expert Reviews of Vaccines (2010); 9: 1219-30.

Gazzinelli MF, Lobato L, Matoso L, Avila R, Marques RD, Brown AS, Correa-Oliveira R, Bethony JM, Diemert, DJ. Health education through analogies: preparation of a community for clinical trials of a vaccine against hookworm in an endemic area of Brazil. PLoS Negl Trop Dis (2010); 4(7):e749.

Bethony JM, Diemert DJ, Oliveira SC, Loukas A. Can schistosomiasis really be consigned to history without a vaccine? Vaccine (2008); 26(27-28):3373-6.

Miura K, Zhou H, Moretz SE, Diouf A, Thera MA, Dolo A, Doumbo O, Malkin E, Diemert D, Miller LH, Mullen GED, Long CA. Comparison of Biological Activity of Human Anti-Apical Membrane Antigen-1 Antibodies Induced by Natural Infection and Vaccination. J Immunol (2008); 181: 8776-8783.

Duan J, Mu J, Thera MA , Joy D, Kosakovsky-Pond SL, Diemert D, Long C, Zhou H, Miura K, Ouattara A, Dolo A, Doumbo OK, Su X, Miller LH. Population structure of the genes encoding the polymorphic P. falciparum apical membrane antigen1: implications for vaccine design. PNAS (2008); 105(22):7857-62

Jardim-Botelho A, Raff S, Rodrigues R, Hoffman HJ, Diemert DJ, Correa-Oliveira R, Bethony JM, Gazzinelli MF. Hookworm, A. lumbricoides infection and polyparasitism associated with poor cognitive performance in Brazilian schoolchildren. Trop Med Int Health (2008); 13(8):994-1004.

Bethony JM, Simon G, Diemert DJ, Parenti D, Desrosiers A, Schuck S, Fujiwara R, Santiago H, Hotez PJ. Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind Trial of the Na-ASP-2 Hookworm Vaccine in Unexposed Adults. Vaccine (2008); 26(19):2408-17.

Jardim-Botelho A, Brooker B, Geiger SM, Fleming F, Lopes ACS, Diemert DJ, Correa-Oliveira R, Bethony JM. Age patterns in undernutrition and helminth infection in as rural area of Brazil. Trop Med Int Health (2008); 13(4):458-67.

Diemert DJ, Bethony JM, Hotez PJ. Hookworm Vaccines. Clin Infect Dis. (2008); 46:282-288

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

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