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

Note: All seminars will be held using Zoom. Contact for room and password information.

Sebastien Gagneux, Swiss TPH/University of Basel Cancelled
11:10 AM Monday, January 11, 2021

Ana Bento, PhD, Indiana University Cancelled
11:10 AM Monday, January 25, 2021

Aaron P. Mitchell, UGA-Microbiology
“Circuit diversification in the Candida albicans biofilm regulatory network”
11:10 AM Monday, February 1, 2021

Stevie Stigler and Liz Cheely, UGA Counseling Services
“UGA Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Mental Health Seminar ”
11:10 AM Monday, February 8, 2021

Andrew Pekosz, Johns Hopkins University
“Influenza Virus Surveillance and the Identification of Novel Genetic Mutations that Facilitate Virus Circulation”
11:10 AM Monday, February 15, 2021

Dr. Surender Khurana
“Immune markers of disease severity and resolution of COVID-19”
11:10 AM Friday, February 19, 2021

Dr. Dennis Metzger
“The Role of Host Immunity in Influenza-Pneumococcal Superinfections”
11:10 AM Monday, March 1, 2021

Kara Wyatt Doctoral Defense
Dr. Wendy Watford, Major Professor
“Tpl2 Functions in Pulmonary Epithelial Cells in Constrain Interferon Production and Pulmonary Fibrosis During Influenza A Virus Infection”
1:15 PM Friday, March 5, 2021

Dr. John Stambas
“Understanding host responses to improve influenza virus immunity”
4:00 PM Monday, March 8, 2021

Dr. Subbaya Subramanian
Regulation of Antitumor Immune Response in Colorectal Cancer”
11:10 AM Monday, March 15, 2021

Dr. Jane Hodgkinson, University of Liverpool
“Are we nearly there yet? Mapping triclabendazole resistance genes in the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica”
11:10 AM Monday, March 22, 2021

Dr. Stephen Turner, Monash University (Australia) Cancelled
11:10 AM Monday, March 29, 2021

Dr. Raul Barletta, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
“Development of DIVA and Autolytic Attenuated Vaccines against Johne’s Disease and Other Mycobacterial Infections”
11:10 AM Monday, April 5, 2021

Jessica Ramadhin Doctoral Defense
Dr. Donald Harn, Major Professor
“A Comparison of Lacto-N-Fucopentaose III (LNFPIII) and Lacto-N-Neotetraose (LNnT) Conjugates as Therapies to Improve Immune and Metabolic Parameters and Alter the Microbiome in Diet-Induced Obese (DIO) Mice”
12:30 PM Monday, April 5, 2021

Dr. Joseph Turner
“Type-2 Activated Macrophanges During Filarial Nematode Infection: Heroes or Villains?”
11:10 AM Monday, April 12, 2021

Harry Ma Doctoral Defense
Dr. Eric Harvill, Major Professor
“Colonization, Persistence and Transmission of Bordetella spp.
1:00 PM Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Emily Rayens Doctoral Defense
Dr. Karen Norris, Major Professor
“Development of Vaccines for Invasive Fungal Infections”
11:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2021

Dr. Andrew Bean
“Tailoring the Host Immune Response for Enhanced Vaccine Production”
4:00 PM Monday, April 19, 2021

Steven B. Bradfute, PhD
11:10 AM Monday, April 26, 2021

Elke Mühlberger, PhD
11:10 AM Monday, May 3, 2021


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