Dr. Robert Hendricks is currently the Joseph F. Novak Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also has appointments as a Professor within the Departments of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics as well as Immunology. In addition, Dr. Hendricks is a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the Immunology Graduate Training Program, and the Molecular Virology and Microbiology Training Program.
Dr. Hendricks holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago in Biology and Microbiology, respectively. In 1978, he completed his education at the University of Illinois Medical Center and received his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology.
Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, Dr. Hendricks held several positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Hendricks was appointed Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago within the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pathology, all in 1981. He served in this position until moving on to become Research Associate Professor from 1990-1995. Immediately prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty, from 1995-1998, Dr. Hendricks was a Professor of Immunology within the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pathology.
Dr. Hendricks’ research is focused on the role of the immune system in maintaining herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in a latent state in sensory ganglia, and in the immunopathology that can lead to blindness in eyes infected with HSV-1.
Dr. Hendricks is a member in these professional and scientific societies: the American Association of Immunologists, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Hendricks has authored work in a variety of publications and has been the recipient of several awards for his research efforts. He has served as Regular Member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) VISA Study Section, as an ad hoc member of several NIH study sections in Virology and Immunology, as an ad hoc member of the Board of Scientific Counsellors for the National Eye Institute of NIH, as a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Cora Verhagan Prize, as a Member, DOD Scientific Advisory Committee, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, Massachusetts. He was awarded the Distinguished Mentor Award, University of Pittsburgh in 2005. In 2010, Dr. Hendricks was named a Fellow of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
View a list of Dr. Hendricks’ publications here.