Dr. Lingappa has been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 2004 and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Medicine and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He received his B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College, Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard University and M.D. at the University of California. He completed residency training in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington. From 1998 to 2003, he served as an officer with the US Public Health Epidemic Intelligence Service and subsequently as a medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Since joining the UW faculty, he has collaborated with faculty inside and outside the UW to conduct HIV-1 prevention clinical trials and observational studies in African heterosexual HIV-1 serodifferent couples (one partner living with HIV-1 and one partner testing negative for HIV-1 at enrollment). Most recently, he has focused on conducting translational research studies to understand the pathogenesis of HIV-1 sexual transmission and particularly to identify host biological pathways that alter risk of acquiring HIV-1 infection. In this context he collaborates with numerous international researchers to apply genomics, proteomics and microbiome laboratory studies with state-of-the-art statistical analyses to identify factors that may be of particular relevance for public health interventions.