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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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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May 2nd
Monica Gestal, Louisiana State University
“Bordetella spp. and eosinophils; the untold story”
11:10 a.m. Coverdell S175 and via Zoom

May 9th
Lori Burrows, McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Diseases Research
“Too much of a good thing-how and why Pseudomonas controls type IV pilin expression”
11:10 a.m. via Zoom

May 20th
Natalie Wilson doctoral defense
“Investigating the mode of action of ivermectin against the filarial nematode Brugia malayi including the contributions of host immunity and parasite genes influencing resistance and hypersensitivity”
1:00 p.m. via Zoom

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.