Emerging Pathogens Institute - University of Florida

Next-gen antimicrobials

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Drug-resistant bacteria

Wilting Away

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Forest pathogens

Stalking arboviruses

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Pakistan, West Nile virus

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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

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


Next-gen antimicrobials

August 21, 2019: EPI investigator KC Jeong aims to uncover the next generation of antimicrobials. From his microbiology lab to an experimental farm, his research explores how food animals are affected by novel and drug-resistant pathogens — and what kills them. Read More


UF researchers help discover novel compounds that curb melioidosis, a lethal tropical disease

August 20, 2019: Four EPI researchers have contributed to the discovery of two molecules shown to be effective at curbing Gram-negative Burkholderia bacterial infections, which cause the highly lethal tropical disease melioidosis in humans and animals. Read More


Science Scenes: El Oro, Ecuador

August 2, 2019: Ever wonder what scientists are up to behind the scenes, when they are not consumed with crunching data, or endlessly editing papers for publication? They just may be traveling in far-flung places — not only to hunt for data, but to build relationships with the people and places they study. This is the first photo essay in a new occasional series, Science Scenes, in which we invite you to explore how EPI's faculty and affiliate researchers work across the globe. Read More


Lethal bronzing spreads to new palm hosts, counties

July 17, 2019: A new study adds four additional species to the growing list of palm trees susceptible to lethal bronzing disease, for a revised total of 16. Researchers with UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences sampled hundreds of palms in Florida to identify the new hosts, all of which are common ornamentals found throughout central and southern portions of the state. They also found the disease has spread to eight new counties. 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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