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


Graduate Students


Faculty Members


UGA Center/Institute affiliations



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 Zika.

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 participate in the college-wide Comparative Biomedical Science graduate program and in the college’s DVM-PhD program.

Upcoming Seminars

Dr. Bruce Russell, University of Otago
4 PM Monday, September 28, 2020
Zoom Room: 974 2026 3089, Password: 645831
“Where did all those bloody knobs go?”

Jacquiline Risalvato
Dr. Biao He, Major Professor
9 AM Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Zoom Room: 931 4916 7417, Password: 711102
“The Roles of Nucleoprotein and Phosphoprotein Structure on Mumps Virus RNA Genome and Viral Replication”

Dr. Stephen Doyle Hinxton, University of Cambridge
11:10 AM Monday, October 5, 2020
Zoom Room: 922 8672 0111, Password: 137052
“Unravelling the genetics of multi-drug resistance in a parasitic nematode”

Shu-Hua Wang, MD, The Ohio State University
11:10 AM Monday, October 12, 2020
Zoom Room: 940 4992 4926, Password: 814827

Dr. Noah Sather, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
11:10 AM Monday, October 19, 2020
Zoom Room: 961 0460 1429, Password: 178170

Ashley Kondas
Dr. Jeff Hogan, Major Professor
1:30 PM Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Zoom Room: 984 7403 0917, Password: 243597
“Characterizing new models for studying antivirals against Variola virus”

Dr. Lucienne Tritten, The University of Zurich
11:10 AM Monday, October 26, 2020
Zoom Room: 979 0869 9110, Password: 231163

Dr. Jerry Woodward, University of Kentucky
11:10 AM Monday, November 2, 2020
Zoom Room: 977 3353 0265, Password: 454979

Dr. Katherine Kedzierska, FAHMS, University of Melbourne
4 PM Monday, November 16, 2020
Zoom Room: 920 4404 0795, Password: 100531

Dr. Laura Haynes, Center on Aging, University of Connecticut
11:10 AM Monday, December 7, 2020
Zoom Room: 918 5124 7854, Password: 678977

Dr. Brandon Dekosky, University of Kansas
11:10 AM Monday, December 14, 2020
Zoom Room: 952 8824 4430, Password: 564681


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Undergraduate student research opportunities

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Changing the face of animal health through research

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