Michael Edmund Watson Jr MD, PhD

Clinical Lecturer, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Clinical Interests:

Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology


U of M Pediatrics Infectious Disease

CS Mott Childrens Hospital Floor 6 Medical Subspecialty Clinic
1540 E Hospital Dr SPC 4259
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • University of Missouri School of Medicine, 2006


  • St. Louis Children's Hospital, Pediatrics, MO, 2009


  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases, St. Louis Children's Hospital - Washington University, 2012

Professional Organizations

  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 2002

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 2005

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS), 2008

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), 2009

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease


Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus, is a bacterial pathogen capable of causing a wide diversity of superficial and invasive human infections, ranging from the relatively common pharyngitis, or “strep throat,” to the less common and more severe necrotizing fasciitis, or “flesh eating disease”. In addition, group A streptococcal infections have been linked to a number of immune-mediated conditions occurring after an acute infection, including arthritis, kidney damage, and rheumatic heart disease, among others. A safe and effective vaccine against group A streptococcus has yet to be developed, partly due to an incomplete understanding of the interaction with the bacterium and the host immune system occurring at sites of infection. Our research seeks to determine how the streptococcal bacteria evade or disable the host immune response to infection. Findings from our research may ultimately identify novel mechanisms to produce protective immunity against group A streptococcus and could eventually help in developing a candidate vaccine.


Dr. Watson joined the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in 2013. In addition to providing clinical care, he conducts basic science research into the mechanisms by which the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus) causes human disease. He is a member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS), the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Away from work, Dr. Watson enjoys spending time with his wife and twin boys hiking and biking around southeast Michigan.