Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Area of expertise: Infectious diseases, Pediatrics, Virology, Acute Flaccid Myelitis
Email: megan.freeman [at]
  • Early career investigator


Megan Culler Freeman, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases.  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Kentucky, and then earned her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Vanderbilt University, where she studied the cell biology of coronavirus infection. She completed her Pediatrics Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as part of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PedSDP). During Fellowship, she worked with Carolyn Coyne, PhD, investigating enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). The Freeman lab is interested in the pathogenesis and cell biology of RNA viruses and advanced tissue modeling, with a current focus on EV-D68 and the pathogenesis of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). 

Education & Training 

BS, Agricultural Biotechnology, University of Kentucky, 2008 

PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University, 2014 

MD, Vanderbilt University, 2016 

Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2016-2018 

Fellowship in Pediatrics Infectious Disease, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2018-2022