Our areas of interest are diverse and include pathogenesis, viral oncology, vaccine development and evaluation, antibiotic resistance, and host responses to infection. Faculty members within the department are nationally recognized leaders in the study of respiratory viruses, viral gastroenteritis, HIV and AIDS, cancer viruses, and microbial genomics.
We have a strong interest in emerging infectious diseases and biodefense, and we provide information and a summary of our research in these areas to serve as a community resource. Topics include influenza, HIV, norovirus, and anthrax.
Departmental faculty are also actively contributing to the Human Microbiome Project, a vast multi-institutional effort to characterize the human microbiome and analyze its role in human health and disease.