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UF researchers scour coronavirus studies for clues to a future shared with COVID-19

Sept. 17, 2020: UF researchers sifted through several thousand studies on human coronaviruses related to the novel SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19, with the goal of learning from the past to help shape the future. Read More


Smartphone-based saliva test that can detect COVID-19 earns UF professor honors in national contest

Sept. 17, 2020: UF infectious disease researcher Rhoel Dinglasan was part of a team that devised a saliva-based test for COVID-19. The team's design was one of six winners of the first-ever National Institutes of Health Technology Accelerator Challenge competition. Read More


Air-tight test: How a UF duo learned to sample aerosols for viruses

September 14, 2020: UF researchers Chang-Yu Wu, an engineer, and John Lednicky, a virologist, teamed up a decade ago to solve long-standing challenges in how air samples are collected and tested for viruses. Few people grasped the public health value of their work until a novel respiratory virus gave rise to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More


UF study reveals how Chlamydia acquires essential nutrients

Aug. 12, 2020: New work from the lab of Tony Maurelli, associate chair of the department of environmental and global health in UF's College of Public Health and Health Professions, has solved a quirky mystery about parasitic bacteria that cause the sexually-transmitted disease known as Chlamydia. Read More


Evaluating global crop risks: How crop landscapes affect disease

Aug. 5, 2020: When it comes to managing risks to food crops from pathogens, landscape connections may be just as key to the spread of diseases as are networked trade routes and a changing climate. Read More


Seminars and Events

Using Mathematical modelling and machine learning to study the ecology of re-emerging infectious diseases.

Chris Bauch is a professor and University Research Chair in the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada. He studies epidemiological and ecological systems with a particular emphasis on evaluating interventions such as vaccines. Read More


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


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