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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Justin Bahl

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases; Bioinformatics

Ecology, epidemiology and evolution of infectious RNA viruses (Influenza A virus, avian paramyxovirus,
RSV, MERS-CoV) in animals and humans

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Melinda Brindley

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases

Arenavirus glycoprotein structure and function; virus entry and membrane fusion; emerging virus-host interactions. Functional characterization of viral glycoproteins and host interactions.

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 Ankita Garg

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Immunopathogenesis of intracellular pathogens (HIV and Mycobacterium tuberculosis); non-infectious morbidities in People Living With HIV

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Donald Harn

Professor
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
GRA Distinguished Investigator
Infectious Diseases

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

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Jeff Hogan

Professor
Infectious Diseases
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Chester Joyner

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

All facets of host-parasite interactions during malaria, ranging from molecular pathogenesis to malaria immunology to transmission

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Russell Karls

Associate Research Scientist
Infectious Diseases
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Dennis Kyle

Professor
GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Antiparasitic Drug Discovery
Cellular Biology & Infectious Diseases

The discovery and development of new drugs to prevent or treat malaria and diseases
caused by brain-eating amoebae. Elucidating mechanism(s) of resistance
and discovering new drug treatment regimens, combinations, or strategies to overcome resistance.

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Eric Lafontaine

Professor
ILS Graduate Coordinator
Infectious Diseases

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

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Franklin E. Leach III

Assistant Professor
Chemistry, Infectious Diseases

The Leach lab employs mass spectrometry, imaging, glycosylation, metabolism, environmental exposure (infectious disease, ionizing radiation, emerging pollutants).

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Andy Moorhead

Assistant Professor
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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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

Associate 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

Associate 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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Pejman Rohani

Regents’ Professor
Infectious Diseases

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

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Liliana Salvador

Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases; Bioinformatics

Computational ecology; ecology and evolution of infectious diseases;
evolutionary dynamics; animal movement.

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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

Professor
Infectious Diseases; Toxicology

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

UGA Foundation 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; Toxicology

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

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases

Regulation of host defense and tolerance by Stat transcription factors.

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