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


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

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

Eggplant’s newest pathogenic fungus

Nov. 22, 2019: A known pathogenic fungus, so far only reported to cause disease in two crops, has ensnared a third victim: eggplants. UF plant pathologists affiliated with both UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the EPI, were the first to describe Lasiodiplodia hormozganensis’s jump to a new host. Read More

Curing mosquitoes, eliminating malaria

Nov. 25, 2019: A new study authored by EPI researcher Rhoel Dinglasan, Ph.D., and colleagues, twists the narrative in the fight against malaria by treating mosquitoes. His team showed that feeding a known antimalarial drug — intended for humans — to infected Anopheles mosquitoes rendered them unable to transmit malaria parasites to new hosts. Read More

Unlocking Chlamydia’s persistent state

Nov. 6, 2019: New research from the EPI and UF’s College of Public Health & Health Professions found that exposing the sexually-transmitted bacterial pathogen Chlamydia to fosmidomycin — an antibiotic which is usually lethal to bacteria — causes Chlamydia to enter a protective bunker-like “persistent” state. The findings could bolster future efforts to intentionally disrupt the molecular changes that induce chlamydial persistence, leading to the prevention of chronic chlamydial infections. Read More

A host’s genetics shape its gut microbiome

Oct. 21, 2019: New research by EPI investigator KC Jeong looks at how a host’s genetic background strongly influences the composition and development of its gut microbiota. Read More

Seminars and Events

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

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

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