Emerging Pathogens Institute - University of Florida

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EPI's Annual Research Day

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SHARC at the Emerging Pathogens Institute

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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.


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

News and Announcements

DEET: Safer than you think

May 30, 2019: EPI investigator Jeffrey Bloomquist reviewed the insect repellent DEET's safety record, and finds it poses little to no risk when used in compliance with product label directions. In fact, he says, it's a useful tool to prevent insect-borne diseases when utilized intermittently. Read More

New maps reveal first global estimate of anthrax risk

May 13, 2019: Newly published maps reveal, for the first time, where anthrax poses global risks to people, livestock and wildlife. The maps are the result of 15 years of data collection covering 70 countries compiled by Emerging Pathogens Institute associate research professor Jason Blackburn and his colleagues. Read More

EPI undergraduate research spans from Africa to Argentina

April 29, 2019: EPI investigator Song Liang enjoys introducing undergraduate students to the mesmerizing world of pathogens research. His most recent mentee, Lindsay Richards, recently won UF’s campus-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium best paper competition in the STEM/Medicine category. Read More

Small delays can have a big impact on spread of Ebola

May 1, 2019: EPI investigator, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences mathematics professor, Burton Singer has developed a model describing the spatial dynamics of Ebola transmission and the efficacy of its vaccine. Read More

New maps show where mosquitoes will invade Ecuador’s Andes mountains

April 25, 2019: New research by EPI and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences medical geographers offers Ecuadorian health officials a sneak preview of where mosquito-borne diseases may shift into the Andean mountain foothills as our planet’s climate warms into the midcentury. Read More

Seminars and Events

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

OIE High Impact Animal Diseases: Africa and the Global Situation

May 24, 2019: Professor Koos Coetzer has received several national and international research and teaching awards and prizes. From 2007 to 2013 he served as President of the Association of Institutes for Tropical Veterinary Medicine. He has presented papers at 24 national and 42 international congresses and symposia, and has published more than 50 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Read More

Healthcare Associated Outbreaks of Bacterial Diseases: Time to Modernize

April 30, 2019: Dr. Harrison’s CDC- and NIH-funded research focuses on the epidemiology and genomic epidemiology of vaccine-preventable and other serious bacterial infections, including Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, group B Streptococcus, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Clostridium difficile, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Read More

Examining Exposure to Fecal Contamination in Low-Income Urban Environments: Findings from SaniPath Exposure Assessments in Seven Cities

April 12, 2019: Dr. Moe’s research focuses primarily on the environmental transmission of infectious agents – particularly foodborne and waterborne disease. She works on international water, sanitation and health issues and has conducted research in the Philippines, El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras, Ghana, Rwanda, India, Cambodia, Uganda, and Kenya. Read More

A Gator’s Adventure as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer

March 20th, 2019: Cuc H. Tran, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist with the Global Tuberculosis (TB) Branch at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She has over ten years of public health training and experience in tuberculosis, influenza, rabies, Zika, and sexually transmitted infections. Read More

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