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 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

Israel Rivera
Dr. Eric Harvill, faculty mentor
12 PM Tuesday, June 23, 2020
“Evolution and Conservation of Intracellular Survival in the Genus Bordetella”


Jeremy Dyke
Dr. Eric LaFontaine, faculty mentor
1 PM Thursday, July 2, 2020
“Identification and Characterization of Burkholderia Mallei Cross-protective and In-vivo-expressed High Value Target Antigens for the Development of Countermeasures Against Glanders and Melioidosis”

Kyle Todd
Dr. Ralph Tripp, faculty mentor
10 AM Wednesday, July 8, 2020
“Vero Cells as a Substrate for Human Norovirus Replication”

Naoko Uno
Dr. Ted Ross, faculty mentor
1 PM Tuesday, July 14, 2020
“A Universal Dengue Vaccine Elicits Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies Against Strains from All Four Serotypes”

Ivette Nunez
Dr. Ted Ross, faculty mentor
12 PM Monday, July 20, 2020
Zoom Room: 954 6848 2037 Password: 092560
“The Design and Characterization of Computationally Optimized Broadly Reactive Antigen (COBRA) Hemagglutinin Based Vaccine for H5Nx Viruses”

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Undergraduate student research opportunities

Are you an undergraduate student interested in research? Infectious Diseases has a student research program.

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.