The Signature program in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense integrates multidisciplinary research in animal, human, and ecosystem health. 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 disease researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are actively engaged in cross-college collaborations through their membership in the university-wide intercollegiate faculties of Genetics, Virology and Toxicology. There are significant collaborative efforts between faculty and researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (COALS), Texas Agrilife Research and Extension, Texas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL), the Office of the State Chemist (OTSC), and the Health Science Center (HSC). At the national level, faculty from the Signature Program in Infectious Diseases and 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 and Drug Delivery (CMDD). These combined efforts address critical current and future infectious disease threats arising from population growth and movement, industrialized livestock production, international movement of food and animals, global warming, and human conflict.
The Signature program in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense is central to the mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (curing and preventing disease), the Agrilife Research “Scientific Roadmap” (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).
Graduate Studies in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense
Students interested in graduate studies in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense may receive a degree in Biomedical Sciences, which is administered by the College, 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 and Biodefense.