Infectious Diseases

Program Overview

The CVM Signature Program in Infectious Diseases & Biodefense integrates multidisciplinary research in animal, human, and ecosystem health. The research includes basic and mechanistic studies of:

  • microorganisms and disease,
  • host-pathogen interactions,
  • vaccine development,
  • detection methods,
  • diagnostic test development,
  • field research,
  • epidemiology, and
  • surveillance.

Infectious Diseases and BiodefenseCollaborative Research Relationships

Infectious disease researchers at the CVM are actively engaged in cross-college collaborations through their membership in the university-wide Interdisciplinary Faculties of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Genetics, Virology, and Toxicology. There are significant collaborative efforts between faculty and researchers at the CVM, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (COALS), the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL), the Office of the State Chemist (OTSC), and the Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC).

At the national level, faculty from the CVM Signature Program in Infectious Diseases & Biodefense are affiliated with centers of excellence including the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD), the Institute for Countermeasures against Agricultural Bioterrorism (ICAB), the Integrative Center for Homeland Security (ICHS), and the Center for Microencapsulation & Drug Delivery (CMDD).

These combined efforts address critical current and future infectious disease threats arising from population growth and movement, industrialized livestock production, the international movement of food and animals, global warming, and human conflict.

Infectious Diseases and Biodefense

The CVM Signature Program in Infectious Diseases & Biodefense is central to the mission of :

  • the CVM (curing and preventing disease),
  • the Texas A&M Agrilife Research “Scientific Roadmap” (to improve agricultural production and efficiencies through advances in animal and plant breeding and health, use risk analysis to minimize the impacts of foodborne hazards and biosecurity threat agents, prevent transmission of human disease agents through insect/pest control)
  • and Texas A&M University (discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge).

Infectious Diseases & Biodefense Trainees

Students interested in graduate studies in Infectious Diseases & Biodefense may receive a degree in Biomedical Sciences, which is administered by the CVM, or in Veterinary Microbiology, which is administered by the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. All students are members of the department of their mentors, and the departments receive graduate credit for studies in Infectious Diseases & Biodefense.