Many of the important and emerging infectious diseases of humans are zoonotic, and most are also potential weapons of bioterrorism. Furthermore, a number of these diseases have reservoirs in the livestock and wildlife of our nation. The goal of this COBRE is to support new investigators and provide the resources needed to advance our understanding of infectious disease pathogenesis and facilitate development of novel therapeutic treatments.

Six Pilot Grants have been awarded!

Diane Bimczok; Dendritic cell uptake of H. pylori bacteria across the gastric epithelial barrier

Valérie Copié; Pathogen evasion of neutrophil killing via metabolic reprogramming

Mensur Dlakic; Blocking cytolethal distending toxins by natural and designated peptides

Sandra Halonen; Human neuronal model of cerebral toxplasmosis

Tyler Nygaard; Examining the adaptive immune respone to S. aureus in vivo

Agnieszka Rynda-Apple; Determing immune recognition of virus capsids