Infectious Diseases Faculty

Only faculty affiliated with ILS are listed on this page.  Learn more about Infectious Diseases faculty. The Infectious Diseases Graduate Coordinator is David Peterson (dspete@uga.edu).

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Melinda Brindley

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Arenavirus glycoprotein structure and function; virus entry and membrane fusion; emerging virus-host interactions.

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Harry Dickerson

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Comparative Immunology; molecular parasitology.

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Vanessa Ezenwa

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases

Environmental Genomics; Crocodilians; Reptilian Genomics; Molecular Ecology.

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Donald Harn

Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigator
Infectious Diseases

Mechanistic analysis of parasite induced immune suppression. Translational research
on immuno-modulation pertaining to inflammation based diseases.
Vaccine development and trials.

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Eric T. Harvill

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Interactions between microbial pathogens and host immunity in the
mouse model using bacteria that naturally infect mice and
closely related strains that are important human pathogens.

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Biao He

Professor and GRA Distinguished Investigator
Infectious Diseases

Paramyxovirus-host interactions, vaccine development, emerging paramyxovirus and onocylytic virus.

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Jeff Hogan

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases
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Mary Hondalus

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases

Mechanisms of bacterial virulence and survival in the host; host-pathogen interactions;
vaccine development.

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Ray Kaplan

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Biology, molecular mechanisms, and population genetics of anthelmintic resistance in
parasitic nematodes

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Russell Karls

Associate Research Scientist
Infectious Diseases
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Dennis Kyle

Professor
Cellular Biology & Infectious Diseases

The discovery and development of new drugs to prevent or treat malaria and leishmaniasis.
Elucidating mechanism(s) of resistance and discovering new drug treatment regimens,
combinations, or strategies to overcome resistance.

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Eric Lafontaine

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases

Bacterial pathogenesis; role of adhesins in virulence; vaccine development.

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Julie Moore

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Human and animal model-based studies of host immune mechanisms in malaria during pregnancy
and immunopathogenic mechanisms that lead to compromise of pregnancy.

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Andy Moorhead

Assistant Research Scientist
Infectious Diseases

Establishment of the parasite/host niche by filarial worms, specifically Brugia malayi, one of the causative agents of lymphatic filariasis.

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Jarrod J. Mousa

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Human antibody-mediated immunity to inform next-generation
vaccine development; focus on immunity to major viral, bacterial,
and fungal human pathogens using multidisciplinary approaches in
immunology, structural biology,and biochemistry to study
antibody-antigen interactions at the molecular level.

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Courtney Murdock

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

We use ecological and evolutionary theory to study mosquito-parasite interactions,
ecological drivers of transmission, and how environmental change affects transmission.

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Karen Norris

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Vaccine dev for prevention of PCP and COPD, RSV infection, COPD; Immune Activation
and Aging, PAH; Immune-mediated mechanisms of pathogenesis, Type 2 diabetes and
metabolic syndrome, therapeutic testing; chronic immune activation/inflammation.

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Andrew Park

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Transient evolution of pathogens. Evolutionary processes involved in cross-species transmission. Evolutionary constraints in viral epidemiology.

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David Peterson

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases

Characterization of adhesion proteins which mediate host-parasite interactions in Plasmodium falciparum.

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Fred Quinn

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Tuberculosis pathogenesis; host-pathogen interactions.

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Balazs Rada

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Role of reactive oxygen species in host-microbe interactions of the respiratory mucosa,
neutrophil biology, pathomechanism of Pseudomonas infection in cystic fibrosis.

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Barbara Reaves

Associate Research Scientist
Infectious Diseases
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Pejman Rohani

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

The ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, including measles, pertussis,
avian influenza, dengue and polio.

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Ted Ross

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Dr. Ross explores new vaccine technologies for seasonal and pandemic influenza
as well as West Nile Virus, Dengue Chikungunya, Ebola, and HIV.

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Jeremiah Saliki

Professor
Infectious Diseases

My research interests are the development and improvement of diagnostic techniques
for viral diseases of domestic marine mammals.

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Susan Sanchez

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Veterinary diagnostics; emerging clinical problems; antibiotic resistance;
epidemiology of diseases with special emphasis in zoonoses.

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Vincent Starai

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases; Microbiology

Bacterial modulation of eukaryotic membrane dynamics for intracellular survival;
SNARE-dependent membrane fusion biochemistry.

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S. Mark Tompkins

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases; Toxciology

Transmission and pathogenicity of zoonotic influenza virus infection and development
of vaccination and the prevention and treatment of viral infections.

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M. Stephen Trent

Distinguished Professor
Infectious Diseases

Characterizing the assembly of bacterial surface structures, Development of vaccines for viral
and bacterial pathogens, Systems approaches to understanding microbial diseases

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Ralph A. Tripp

Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Chair in Vaccine and Therapeutic Studies
Infectious Diseases; Toxciology

Disease intervention strategies for important human pathogens and emerging infectious diseases of zoonotic origin;
mechanisms of immunity; virus-host interface.

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Wendy Watford

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Regulation of host defense and tolerance by Stat transcription factors.

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Rebecca P. Wilkes

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Molecular diagnostics and new test development; antivirals and vaccines for animal pathogens

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Adrian Wolstenholme

Professor
Infectious Diseases

Molecular helminthology: in particular the interactions of
anthelmintic drugs with ion channels in the nervous systems
of parasitic helminths, and the molecular basis of drug resistance.

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