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Ritesh Tandon, PhD

Ritesh Tandon

Associate Professor of Microbiology (Virology) 
(601) 984-1705   
Fax: (601) 984-1708 

Education and Training
PhD, 2005, University of Georgia 
Postdoctoral, 2006, Johns Hopkins University
Postdoctoral, 2012, Emory University


Research interests

Dr. Tandon is an associate professor of 'Microbiology and Immunology', and 'Medicine' at UMMC. He contributes significantly to research, teaching, and service. Dr. Tandon is recognized internationally for his research on herpesviruses. He has organized and chaired the sessions on betaherpesviruses at International Herpesvirus Workshop (IHW) in Madison, WI (2016), and Ghent, Belgium (2017). His research is supported by several extramural and intramural grants and he serves on AHA, NASA, and NIH grant review study sections. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and currently chairs the Transformational Project Award Basic Sciences Committee. He directs the Graduate Virology Course at UMMC and team-teaches three other Microbiology courses. He has also served as an active member of the Admissions Executive Committee, the committee that decides on medical students’ final admissions to UMMC.

Students supervised by Dr. Tandon at UMMC have received numerous awards including the American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship, NIH pre-doctoral fellowship, American Society of Virology Presentation Award, Mississippi Academy of Sciences Presentation Award, and Robert A. Mahaffey Memorial Award at UMMC. Dr. Tandon also holds a joint position in the Department of Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Mississippi and is actively involved with the NIH-funded Glycoscience Center of Research Excellence.

Recent publications


  • MICRO611 (Medical Microbiology)
  • DENT641 (Dental Microbiology)
  • MICRO702 (Graduate Virology)
  • MICRO741 (Graduate Microbiology)