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Sylvia Silver Sylvia Silver
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Professor of Pathology (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-994-2945
Email: Email
Department: Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine


  • BA, Drake University, 1965
  • MTS, Catholic University of America, 1975
  • DA, Catholic University of America, 1977


As the program director for the Medical Laboratory Science programs from 1978 until 2012, Dr. Silver led the program in its transition from an on-campus traditional program to a distance education program, allowing students to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees while staying in their present geographic locations. Dr. Silver has been involved with professional development in clinical research related to HIV nationally and internationally, and most recently working with early stage investigators in HIV research. Dr. Silver has more than 20 years’ experience in biorepository quality management through her NCI funding for the AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource, her role as the director for the AIDS Malignancy Clinical Trials Consortium BIorepository and her oversight for NCI of the new AIDS and Cancer Resource Regional Biorepository for Sub-Saharan Africa at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town South Africa.


Current Research Support
1UM1CA181255 (Silver/McGrath)                          09/01/2013-08/31/2018                          

AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource
The major goal of this project is to develop and maintain an East Coast tissue/specimen bank of HIV-related malignancies for research investigation.
1P30AI117970-01 (Greenberg)                               06/01/15-05/31/20                                  

The goal of this project is to advance HIV/AIDS research, promote the development of junior and minority investigators, and increase HIV/AIDS collaboration in Washington DC.


Dr. Silver teaches immunology and serology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Silver presents at conferences and publishes in the areas of HIV, biorepository functions, and professional development.


Concurrent with her teaching activities, Dr. Silver has maintained an active research portfolio with continuous extramural funding since 1981 that has included activities in computer-assisted instruction and problem-based learning. She presently is a principal investigator of the NCI-funded AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource, and director of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium Clinical Trials BIorepository, a co-investigator on the NIH-funded Women’s Interagency HIV Study, the District of Columbia Developmental Center for HIV Research and serves as the Developmental Core co-director and director of its Professional Development Program. Additionally, Dr. Silver has worked to build research capacity in HIV, TB, and malaria with colleagues in Cape Town, South Africa since 2003.

For more information, please visit the GW Biorepository website.


  • Translational Health Sciences


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Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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