Nira Pollock, MD, PhD

Dr. Pollock is the Associate Medical Director of the Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital and a faculty member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston.  She is jointly appointed in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology at Harvard Medical School.  She completed her MD/PhD at the University of California, San Francisco; her medical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; and her infectious diseases/clinical microbiology fellowships at BIDMC.

Dr. Pollock has an active research program focused on the development and evaluation of novel diagnostics for infectious diseases and related applications.   Her diagnostics research has spanned a range of diseases including C. difficile infection, active and latent tuberculosis, influenza, Lyme disease, and Ebola virus disease (EVD), and has involved many different technologies, ranging from simple paper-based lateral flow and microfluidic platforms to novel automated platforms for protein and nucleic acid detection.  Her experience in the point-of-care (POC) diagnostics space includes development and evaluation of a paper-based POC fingerstick transaminase test, field evaluation of a POC rapid diagnostic test for EVD during the 2014-16 outbreak in Sierra Leone, and recent development of a novel device for collection and dispensation of fingerstick blood to enable POC testing.