Bryan Rock, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine

Bryan Rock

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Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 250
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine

Fellowship Program Director, Department of Medicine

Director, General Infectious Diseases Inpatient Service

Founder, Minnesota Infectious Diseases Club

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Adult Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

BA, Chemistry and Biology, Drake University, Des Moines, IA


Dr. Rock received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine training at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. After completing an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine in 2005. His major research interests have been in the area of host defenses and pathogenesis of central nervous system infections. With grant support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and in conjunction with colleagues in the Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research, he has been investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of defense and damage in the brain caused by HIV and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and the role of nicotine and other drugs of abuse on these processes. His major clinical duties include performing inpatient consultations for general infectious diseases patients and managing patients with active tuberculosis at the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic. Dr. Rock also is the director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship program at the University of Minnesota and is involved in the medical education of fellows, residents, and students.


  • Tuberculosis
  • Central Nervous System Infections

Awards & Recognition

Education Excellence Award, University of Minnesota Department of Medicine (2014)

Professional Associations

Infectious Diseases Society of America, Minnesota Infectious Diseases Club


Research Summary/Interests

  • Tuberculosis
  • Refugee health
  • Central Nervous System Infections


Hu S, Sheng WS, and Rock, RB. WIN55,212-2 protects dopaminergic neurons against damage from HIV-1 gp120. PLoS One 2013 Oct 17;8(10):e77577. PMID: 24147028

Hu S, Sheng WS, Lokensgard JR, Peterson PK, Rock RB. Preferential sensitivity of human dopaminergic neurons to gp120-induced oxidative damage. J Neurovirology 2009 Dec; 15(5-6):401-10. PMID: 20175694

Rock, R. Bryan, Genya Gekker, Shuxian Hu, Wen S. Sheng, Guy A. Cabral, Billy R. Martin, and Phillip K. Peterson. WIN55,212-2-Mediated Inhibition of HIV-1 Expression in Microglial Cells: Involvement of Cannabinoid Receptors. J NeuroImmun Pharm. 2007 June; 2(2):178-83.

Rock, R. Bryan, Wendy Sutherland, Cristina Baker, David N. Williams. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis among Somalis in Minnesota. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 September; 12(9):1434-36.

Rock, R. Bryan, Shuxian Hu, Genya Gekker, Wen S. Sheng, Barbara May, Vivek Kapur, and Phillip K. Peterson. Mycobacterium tuberculosis-induced cytokine and chemokine expression by human microglia and astrocytes: Effects of dexamethasone. J Infect Dis. 2005 Dec;192:2054-2058.


Academic Interests and Focus

Tuberculosis; Central Nervous System Infections



  • Infectious Disease

Board Certifications

  • Infectious Diseases

Clinical Interests

Tuberculosis Refugee health Central Nervous System Infections

Hospital Privileges

MHealth University of Minnesota Medical Center; Courtesy privileges, Hennepin County Medical Center