Department of Infectious Diseases

Improving health through technology and education

Animal and public health is seriously threatened by viral, bacterial, and parasitic infectious diseases. These diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, claiming at least 17 million human lives, and indeterminable numbers of animals each year.

Infectious Diseases at a glance


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Impacting the world

With a focus on cutting edge techniques and both basic and translational science, the department is working to address all aspects of infectious diseases. Our strengths lie in immunology, vaccinology, drug discovery, and investigation of host-pathogen interactions, and our graduate programs are highly sought after.

Additionally, our research program is tackling the world’s greatest challenges, such as searching for ways to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

From teaching to research to service, our faculty are highly collaborative—working with other UGA departments and universities on high-level research—and dedicated to providing expertise in disease diagnosis as part of our veterinary diagnostic labs in Athens and Tifton.

Graduate Programs

For those interested in a research-driven career in academia or industry, we offer a PhD in Infectious Diseases. We also offer master’s degree programs and participate in the College’s DVM-PhD dual degree program.

Upcoming Seminars

Note: All seminars will be held using Zoom. Contact for room and password information.

Pablo Jimenez Castro Doctoral Defense
“Biology, Epidemiology and Genetics of Multiple Drug Resistance in the Canine Hookworm (Ancylostoma caninum)”
10:00 AM Friday, May 14, 2021

James Collins Doctoral Defense
“Investigating Benzimidazole Resistance in Ascarid Parasites of Poultry: Economic Impact and Genetics of Resistance”
11:00 AM Wednesday May 19, 2021

Nichole Orr-Burks Doctoral Defense
“Host Genes as Antiviral Targets for Influenza Virus”
10:00 AM Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Latest Infectious Disease news and stories

Researchers find target to fight antibiotic resistance

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Changing the face of animal health through research

Our researchers are actively looking for solutions to common problems and challenges facing the both human and animal health.