Emerging Pathogens Institute - University of Florida

Taking Ebola’s measure

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Cycles of conflict, war & disease

Malaria's Spit Solution

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Malaria, translational science

Next-gen antimicrobials

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Drug-resistant bacteria

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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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EPI collaborates with over 250 faculty members from around the world annually.

News and Announcements

Dengue double punch: Combo controls

Jan. 20, 2020: Dengue elimination may soon be within reach in Yucatán, Mexico if novel control methods are combined, according to a new study by UF researchers Ira Longini and Tom Hladish. The pair used 37 years of regional public health data to build a model which tested how unique combinations of dengue control measures perform. Read More


Research Day 2020

Jan. 1, 2020: The Emerging Pathogens Institute's annual Research Day event is fast approaching! Submit your abstracts to be included in our thirteenth celebration of research centered on new and reemerging pathogens. Read More


Zika epidemic likely suppressed dengue in Latin America

Dec. 16, 2019: New findings published today in Nature Communications show that the Zika virus epidemic in Latin America likely suppressed the incidence of dengue in subsequent years to aberrantly low levels. Then, dengue came roaring back. Read More


Gut bacteria blocks and enhances virus

Dec. 10, 2019: A new study published in Nature Microbiology reveals that bacteria present in different regions of the gastrointestinal tract either enhance or block murine norovirus infections. The startling findings expand our understanding of how the virus interacts with both its host immune system and the intestinal microbiome, which may one day be useful for developing an antiviral therapy. Read More


Taking Ebola’s measure

Dec. 4, 2019 : New research by EPI’s Burton Singer quantifies how civil disruption and violence has unraveled Ebola control measures in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. His work demonstrates causative links between ongoing regional civil strife and upticks in Ebola incidence due to cycles of disrupted disease control. Read More


Seminars and Events

Reduction of antimicrobial use in animals in the Netherlands, and the global context

Jaap Wagenaar was trained as a veterinarian and completed his PhD study at Utrecht University and the USDA-National Animal Diseases Center, Ames, IA, US. He worked at the reference institute of the Dutch MoA, with WHO, CDC and USDA. In 2006 he was appointed as chair in Clinical Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Read More


Combating Emerging and Re-emerging Viruses in Bangladesh

November 19, 2019: Mustafizur Rahman, PhD, is the Head of Virology Laboratory and a Senior Scientist in Infectious Diseases Division at International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. He completed BS and MS in Microbiology from University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and received his PhD in Virology from University of Leuven in Belgium in 2008. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in EPI during 2013-14. Read More


Food Safety in New Zealand: From Regulation to Research

Jan Powell, PhD, MPH, currently works as a Senior Scientist for the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) in New Zealand. She is a member of Risk Assessment and Social Systems team lead by Dr. Rob Lake, with a focus on public health risk analysis of microbiological and chemical hazards in food and drinking water. Jan received her MSc and PhD from the University of Otago, in the laboratory of Prof. Margaret Loutit studying the prevalence and pathogenesis of fish pathogen Vibrio anguillarum in the environment and salmon. Read More


Identification of a novel protein complex essential for erythrocyte invasion by human-infective malaria parasites

October 1, 2019: Ellen Knuepfer, PhD, works as a Principal Laboratory Research Scientist and later this year will establish a new group at the Royal Veterinary College. She started her career with a PhD from Imperial College, in Deborah F. Smith’s laboratory studying proteins essential for Leishmania transmission. Read More


“Disentangling host traits and social context in behavioral disease ecology”

Nick Keiser, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Florida. He received his PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Academy of Fellows at Rice University. Read More


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