Vaccines & Biological Countermeasures Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Don Harn (dharn@uga.edu) or by visiting the The Center for Vaccines and Immunology website.

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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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

Antibiotic & antiviral drug discovery, assay development, enzymology,
and 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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Robert Woods

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

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