Improving health through research 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.

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.

Infectious Diseases at a glance


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Faculty Members


UGA Center / Institute affiliations



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Chet Joyner

CVM researcher wins $1.1 million grant to study malaria vaccine

Research will be in collaboration with Yale University Chet Joyner, PhD, a faculty member in the Center for Vaccines and Immunology and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the University of Georgia, is the recipient of a $1.1 million grant from […]

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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.

Upcoming Seminars

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“Asymptomatic carriage of Plasmodium parasites: insights from a novel animal model”
Tracey J. Lamb, University of Utah
11:10 a.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

“Community service through targeting the gut microbiome”
Greg Phillips, Iowa State University
11:10 a.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

“Using multi-scale genomics to disentangle respiratory virus emergence and transmission”
Louise Moncla, University of Pennsylvania
11:10 a.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

Doctoral Defense
“The role of diacylglycerol recycling in lipopolysaccharide modifications in Escherichia coli”
Alexandria Purcell
Major professor: Dr. Stephen Trent
10 a.m. in CVM H203/2515

“The wild roots of spillover: how influenza virus jumps, hops and spreads in wild birds and mammals”
Nichola Hill, University of Massachusetts Boston
11:10 a.m. via Zoom only

Doctoral Defense
“Computational Approaches to Study Host Cell-Mediated Immunity Dynamics from Infection/Vaccination of Influenza A Virus”
Swan Tan
Co-major professors: Drs. Anne De Groot and Justin Bahl
12:15 p.m. in CVM H203/2515 and via Zoom

Spring Break-no seminar

“Capitalizing on Veterinary School Strengths in Research and Training to Advance Vector-Borne Disease Prevention”
Lyric C. Bartholomay, University of Wisconsin-Madison
11:10 a.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

“Tackling AMR in Eastern and Southern Africa: Training, Research and technology development”
Adrian Muwonge, University of Edinburgh in Scotland
11:10 a.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

“Searching for new mitochondrial inhibitors that target acute and chronic stages of Toxoplasma gondii”
Silvia Moreno, UGA
11:10 a.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

Doctoral Defense
“Neutrophil Effector Responses in Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease”
Kayla Fantone
Major professor: Dr. Balazs Rada
1:00 p.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

“Antibody responses to SARS-CoV2 infection and vaccination”
Florian Krammer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
11:10 a.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom


Thesis Defense
“Determining the Antiviral Activity of LNFP III ”
Tablow Media
Major professor: Dr. Ankita Garg
10:30 a.m. in CVM 222/2007


Doctoral Defense
“Blocking RSV G Protein CX3C Chemokine Motif Protects Against RSV Disease”
Harrison Bergeron
Major professor: Dr. Ralph Tripp
1:00 p.m. via Zoom only

“Pathogenesis of Klebsiella bacteremia”
Michael Bachman
11:10 a.m. in Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

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