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Dr. Vinetz is Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. He is certified by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health. Dr. Vinetz is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the American College of Physicians and member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. The overall theme of Dr. Vinetz' research program in tropical infectious diseases is to bring fundamental laboratory-based research to the field, and, vice-versa, to learn fundamental aspects of infectious disease pathogenesis from patients in the field setting. His laboratory currently focuses on two diseases: malaria and leptospirosis, with both laboratory- and field-based activities. He carries out NIH-funded research activities in Peru.