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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Martin Douglass Doctoral Defense
“Lipid transport to the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria”
1:00 PM Friday, August 13, 2021
CVM H203

Angelo Izzo
“BCG … 100 years-old … but how does it work?”
Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Camperdown, Australia
10:00 a.m. Monday, August 23, 2021
Via Zoom

Andrew Flyak-Cancelled
“Structural characterization of human antibodies that mediate the clearance of Hepatitis C virus infection”
California Institute of Technology
11:10 a.m. Monday, August 30, 2021
Via Zoom

Labor Day-no seminar
Monday, September, 6, 2021

Natalia Freuud
“From COVID-19 to Tuberculosis: Antibodies on the Battlefield”
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Tel Aviv University
11:10 a.m. Monday, September 13, 2021
Via Zoom

Diana Cortes-Selva
“Regulation of the lymphoid compartment by the helminth Schistosoma mansoni impacts infant immunity”
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson
11:10 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021
Via Zoom

Fabiano Oliveira
11:10 a.m. Monday, September 27, 2021
Via Zoom

Emma Troth Doctoral Defense
“Drug discovery and assay development for the brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri”
9:00 a.m. Friday, October 1, 2021
Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

Tania Rozario
11:10 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2021
Via Zoom

Giancarlo Biagini
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
11:10 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021
Via Zoom

Jo Halliday
University of Glasgow
11:10 a.m. Monday, October 18, 2021
Via Zoom

Richard Malley
Harvard Medical School
11:10 a.m. Monday, October 25, 2021
Via Zoom

David Serre
University of Maryland
School of Medicine
11:10 a.m. Monday, November 1, 2021
Via Zoom

Karl Seydel
Michigan State University
11:10 a.m. Monday, November 8, 2021
Via Zoom

Hal King
Public Health Innovations
Active Food Safety
11:10 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2021
Via Zoom

November 22, 2021
November 29, 2021
December 6, 2021

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