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 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

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August 29th
“Influenza A virus diversity within and between hosts”
Anice Lowen, PhD from Emory University, School of Medicine
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175 and via Zoom


September 12th
Jesse Bloom
11:10 a.m.
Zoom only

September 19th
“BARDA’s Role in Vaccine Development”
Dan Wolfe
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175

September 26th
Richard Robinson
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175


October 3rd
Scott E. Lindner
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175

October 10th
Alan Nyitray
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175

October 17th

October 24th
“Unraveling Haemophilus adaptation as a link to persistence”
Kevin Mason
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175

October 31st
Matt Ferrari
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175


November 7th
Andy Ramey
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175

November 14th
Duncan MacCannell
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175

November 21st
Andrew Pekosz
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175

November 28th
Rebecca Kondor
11:10 a.m.
Zoom only


December 5th
Rebecca Pavlicek
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175

Latest Infectious Disease news and stories

Testing the Waters in Djibouti

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Pavlicek is a microbiologist assigned to the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the current director of the microbiology laboratory of Naval Medical Research Unit-Three on Camp, Lemonnier, Djibouti, where she is…

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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.