Emerging Pathogens Institute - University of Florida

Malaria's Spit Solution

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Malaria, translational science

Next-gen antimicrobials

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Drug-resistant bacteria

Wilting Away

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Forest pathogens


EPI was created in 2006 to facilitate interdisciplinary studies of emergence and control of human, animal and plant pathogens of concern to the world.


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News and Announcements

USVI healthcare stormed by 2017 hurricanes

October 17, 2019: When Hurricanes Irma and Maria lashed the Caribbean in 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands experienced devastation similar to Puerto Rico, including massive disruption to their healthcare system, but with less media fanfare. The extent of damage unleashed by these storms on medical care in the U.S. Virgin Islands is only now coming into focus, thanks to research by UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute Director J. Glenn Morris and College of Medicine Interim Dean Adrian Tyndall. Read More

Universal Flu Vaccine: Worth Every Cent

October 7, 2019: New modeling by EPI researcher Burton Singer calculates that the substantial costs involved in developing a universal flu vaccine are worth every cent. Singer collaborated with a team from Yale University, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Maryland to calculate that a universal flu vaccine would save $3.5 billion in direct medical costs annually and save 19,500 lives in the U.S. alone. Read More

Malaria's Spit Solution

Sept. 30, 2019: A new $1.29 million grant from the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund will support EPI malaria investigator Rhoel Dinglasan’s work to develop a novel saliva-based malaria diagnostic test that catches infections even when victims don’t show symptoms. Read More

Tuberculosis: It’s not the Clone Wars

Oct. 2, 2019: Whole genome sequencing allows researchers to quantify diversification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis within a host, showing that the individual bacteria comprising an infection are not all identical clones. Using a known TB cluster, Emerging Pathogens Institute researchers confirm that hosts can transmit all — or just some — of the genetic diversity unique to their mTB population to a new victim. Read More

Medical masks as good as respirators at preventing flu transmission

Sept. 3, 2019: A new study coauthored by EPI researcher Derek Cummings, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, resolves a long running debate over whether paper medical masks or respirator-style masks are more protective for health care workers against flu. Read More

Seminars and Events

Mutacin IV Production in Streptococcus mutans UA159: Characterization, Regulation and Mechanism of Self-Immunity

September 10, 2019: Mohammad Shahnoor Hossain, PhD is currently working as a faculty member at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research focuses on genotypic and phenotypic characterization of oral streptococci. Read More

Avian Influenza at the Animal-Human Interface: One-Health Challenge in Live Poultry Retail Stalls of Pakistan

September 9, 2019: Mamoona Chaudhry research dissertation was on “Epidemiology of Avian Influenza with Specific Emphasis on Subtype H9N2 in Pakistan”. She has been serving in UVAS since 2006. She has published more than 25 articles in high impact peer-reviewed journals of high international repute and has won many national and international awards. Dr. Chaudhry has recently won a research grant of worth 236,900 USD under Pak-US Science & Technology Cooperative Program after fierce competition. Her research focuses on epidemiology of important zoonotic and infectious diseases of veterinary and public health importance. Read More

Avian Influenza at the Animal-Human Interface: One-Health Challenge in Live Poultry Retail Stalls of Pakistan

September 9, 2019: Dr. Chaudhrys research focuses on epidemiology of important zoonotic and infectious diseases of veterinary and public health importance. These includes: Avian and human influenza, Dengue, CCHF, Rabies, Leishmaniasis, Food borne pathogens, Bovine Tuberculosis, Newcastle Disease, Foot & Mouth Disease etc. Her work has integrated various qualitative and quantitative epidemiological methods to estimate the burden of various diseases and have identified potential risk factors for disease spread among the communities. Read More

Food safety and antimicrobial resistance research: A One Health perspective

July 26, 2019: Hung Nguyen-Viet is the regional representative of International Livestock Research Institute for East and Southeast Asia and senior scientist in food safety and Ecohealth. His research focuses on the link between health and agriculture, food safety, infectious and zoonotic diseases with an emphasis on the use of integrative approaches. Read More

Finding Paths Through Theory and Data to Valid Inferences

May 29, 2019: James S. Koopman, MD, MPH will talk about strategies for insuring the validity of either scientific inferences or public action inferences about complex systems such as infection transmission systems or ecological systems generating harmful algae blooms. In particular, he will present a strategy for insuring that inferences are not invalidated due to either model misspecification or due to lack of identifiability of the inference sought given the data being analyzed. Read More

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