Vaccines & Biological Countermeasures Faculty

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UGA is a leading academic research center in the discovery and development of novel vaccines and other medical countermeasures, including antibiotics, antivirals, small interfering molecules and detection/diagnostic devices for the protection of human and animal health against infectious diseases and cancer. World class expertise in the fields of immunology, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology, animal modeling, and nanotechnology and state-of-the-art resources and facilities provide a preeminent graduate training environment.

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Fikri Avci
Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mechanisms of immune activation by carbohydrate antigens; design and development of knowledge-based vaccines and therapeutics against pathogens and cancers.

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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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Russell Karls
Associate Research Scientist Infectious Diseases
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Kim Klonowski
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

Development and regulation of immunological memory.

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Eric Lafontaine
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases

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

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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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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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Scott Pegan
Associate Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Antiviral and nerve agent poisoning therapeutic discovery, assay development, enzymology, structural biology, regulation of innate immune responses

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Fred Quinn
Professor Infectious Diseases

Tuberculosis pathogenesis; host-pathogen interactions.

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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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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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Rebecca P. Wilkes
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases

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

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Robert J. Woods
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Immunological carbohydrate-protein interactions studied by computational simulation and experimental methods.

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