Dr. Melissa Johnson
Associate Professor of Clinical Research
PharmD, Campbell University
Fellowship, Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy, Duke University Medical Center
MHSc, Clinical Research Training Program, Duke University School of Medicine
BS, Biochemistry, University of Georgia
Location: Hight House, Room 205
Dr. Johnson is a Clinical Pharmacist/Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) and Associate Professor at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Georgia, she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at Campbell University and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy at DUMC. She also completed a Masters of Health Science in Clinical Research at Duke University School of Medicine, concentrating on biostatistics and epidemiology. Currently, she is taking courses in the graduate school of education at North Carolina State University, to obtain a graduate certificate in e-learning.
Dr. Johnson maintains a clinical practice in internal medicine/infectious diseases at DUMC and outpatient HIV care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Her clinical research interests include invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised hosts with special focus on immunogenetics, pharmacogenetics, and pharmacodynamics.
She has served as investigator for numerous clinical trials with antifungal, antiretroviral, and antibacterial agents. She is the recipient of a 5-year NIH/NIAID Mentored Career Award to pursue patient-oriented research in invasive candidiasis, and was co-investigator on an NIH program grant to investigate microfluidic methods of detection for infectious pathogens including Candida spp.
Dr. Johnson has taught several courses in the Clinical Research Program, including Advanced Data Management, Evidence Based Medicine, Clinical Research Seminar and the Research Project Courses. She also serves as a mentor for numerous student research projects. Several of these projects have led to professional presentations at national meetings for MSCR students.
Dr. Johnson is committed to the Campbell service mission, and has been an active member of both the DUMC and Durham VAMC Antimicrobial Stewardship programs for 17 years. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and is a reviewer for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Pharmacotherapy, and Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. She also serves as Associate Editor for the journal Frontiers in Public Health. She has been an invited international & national speaker on topics such as antibiotic resistance, HIV, invasive fungal infections, and management of bacterial infections. She is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Society of Microbiology, and Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists.