Contributing Scientist Bio

Philip Tierno, Jr. PhD

Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr. is a well-known microbiologist with more than 35 years of experience in the field of Clinical and Medical Microbiology. He is the Director of Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostic Immunology at Tisch Hospital, New York University Medical Center, and is a part time Associate Professor, Departments of Microbiology and Pathology at the New York University School of Medicine and also at both the NYU College of Dentistry and the SUNY School of Optometry in New York City. He is a member of numerous respected scientific societies and did his graduate studies at the New York University, where he was awarded a M.S. degree in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1977.


Dr. Tierno has acted as a consultant to the office of Attorney General of the New York State, the Department of Health of the City of New York, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, and the College of American Pathologists.  Dr. Tierno is a member of the NYC Mayor’s Task force on Bioterrorism & the NYC Medical Reserve Corps. Dr. Tierno has been recognized extensively for his numerous contributions to the medical/ scientific community. In 1986, he was bestowed the honor of Knighthood by The Sovereign Military and Hospitaler Order of Saint John Jerusalem, Knight of Malta. Since 1977, he has been recognized as a biographee in consecutive editions to date of "Who's Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; and Who’s Who in Science and Medicine" for his work in the field of Microbiology. In 2005 he was awarded the Il Leone de San Marco Award for lifelong achievement in Science and Medicine.


Dr. Tierno has done extensive research on the microbial ecology of the vaginal vault, and the microbiology and ecology of Toxic Shock Syndrome, as well as the Microbiology of AIDS patients. His primary areas of interest are Clinical & Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology. He’s also extensively studied global perspectives on Infectious Diseases and national issues like Nosocomial Infection, in addition to the efficacy of germicidal agents on microbes.  His work in the field of microbiology has resulted in numerous articles and texts that have been published in both medical and scientific journals and books, nationally and internationally. Articles written by Dr. Tierno have appeared in such journals as American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Lancet, Reviews of Infectious Diseases, JAMA, Journal of Infectious Diseases, etc, etc.  He is co-editor of a popular environmental book, "Staying Healthy in a Risky Environment", 1993 Simon & Shuster, NY.  He has recently authored a new book entitled “The Secret Life of Germs; Observations and Lessons from a Microbe Hunter” published by Pocket Books division of Simon & Schuster. His third book for the public was released in January 2002 “Protect Yourself Against Bioterriorism” also published by Pocket Books. Another book is “Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Terrorism: Emergency Response and Public Protection” (June 2003). In January 2004 he authored “The Secret Life of Germs: What They Are, Why We Need Them & How To Protect Ourselves Against Them” which was published by Atria Division of Simon & Schuster.


Dr. Tierno is Co-founder and President of the "Foundation for Scientific Research in the Public Interest" (a non-profit organization) whose primary objective is to fund scientific research for the public welfare and for which the usual and traditional sources of support are unavailable or encumbered, and he served as Chairman of the Environmental Commission of Norwood, New Jersey for 15 years. His broad expertise in the area of the environmental and medical microbiology and microbial ecology has resulted in numerous appearances on TV news, documentary, and investigative reports. He has appeared on both local, network and cable television shows such as 20/20, Oprah, Montel, Primetime, Dateline, Today, Good Morning America, CNN, etc, etc. He has been instrumental in enriching the career objectives of many physicians and scientists who were fortunate enough to have worked with him. Account Registration

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