Richard Novak

Professor and head of infectious diseases


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Dr. Richard Novak, UIC professor and head of infectious diseases on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at the College of Medicine. (Joshua Clark/University of Illinois Chicago)

Infectious disease researcher and clinician Dr. Richard Novak has cared for HIV patients for more than 30 years and has been leading the Chicago area in COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research.

His research on HIV focuses on prevention vaccines and microbicides targeted at women at high risk for HIV infection and men who have sex with men.

Novak’s work on COVID-19 has included being the UIC principal investigator of multiple clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, including the first clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago.

Subject areas

  • COVID-19
  • Infectious diseases
  • HIV
  • HIV in women
  • Vaccine development


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