The mission of this program is to integrate basic and clinical research to investigate infectious diseases of animals and humans. Members are part of multidisciplinary teams that use the concepts of “One Health” to study infectious diseases in multiple areas of interest including molecular pathogenesis, evolutionary and comparative genomics, mathematical modeling, antibiotic resistance, microbial diversity, pathogen detection, drug discovery and vaccines. An important aim of the program is to foster collaborations and partnerships at the international level through One Health approach.
Dr. Thakur and Dr. Pierce will provide leadership to the Emerging and Infectious Disease research program and will facilitate interactions between research groups working in the areas of Host-Pathogen Interaction, Mathematical Modeling, Drug Discovery and Global Health. A key role will be to foster collaborations between members of the Comparative Medicine Institute and other infectious diseases focused centers located in the triangle area. Dr. Thakur`s own research focus is on studying the dissemination and persistence of antimicrobial resistant food borne pathogens at the interface of humans, animals and the environment. Dr. Pierce will lead the Drug Discovery Initiative.