Gray Global Health


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. Edward Breitschwerdt (919-513-8277) and Dr. Joshua Pierce (919-513-1480) Associate Directors, CMI- EID-Emerging & Infectious Diseases

Dr. Breitschwerdt 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.




EID in the News


 NC State’s CMI Announces Drug Development Partnership with NC Central University

 Dr. Joshua Pierce – Dr. Pierce Named LORD Corporation Distinguished Scholar 





Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt – Bartonella henselae Bloodstream Infection in Boy with PANS





 Dr. Sid Thakur – Named Director of Global Health

 Dr. Joshua Pierce – “Finding New Drugs, Faster”

 Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt – “Shedding Light on an Emerging Infectious Disease”