About From the molecular level to ecosystems

The Emerging Pathogens Institute fuses key disciplines to develop research, education and outreach capabilities designed to preserve international health and economy.

Working toward one Global Health

Photo illustration of the emerging pathogens institute building behind a triple Venn diagram. One circle says people, one circle says environment and one circle says animals. The intersection of all three circles says "working toward global health."

The Emerging Pathogens Institute was created in 2006 to provide a world-class research environment to facilitate interdisciplinary studies of emergence and control of human, animal and plant pathogens of concern to Florida, the nation and the world. University of Florida faculty and researchers came together after recognizing a need for a facility that could drive pathogen-related research in Florida.

Meet the director

“Controlling the spread of new diseases in the 21st century require global vision. Microorganisms do not respect state or national boundaries. Only by understanding the global picture can we anticipate and prevent problems in Florida.”

~ Dr. J. Glenn Morris, Jr.

Institutional Purpose

Emerging Pathogens Institute


To facilitate a world class research and training environment that promotes the interdisciplinary study of the emergence, impacts, and control of human, animal and plant pathogens of concern to Florida and the world. 

A zoomed in shot of the Emerging Pathogens Institute name on the building.

Emerging Pathogens Institute


Research. Education. Outreach. From the molecular level to ecosystems, the EPI will lead the fight against infectious diseases.

The front of the Emerging Pathogens Institute building.