UF Emerging Pathogens Institute

UF Researchers Refining Wastewater Health Signals

University of Florida investigators in the College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP), the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute—have spent the past two years building testing capacity and refining wastewater analysis techniques to better detect viruses, bacteria and even chemical markers of health—such as pesticides and illegal drugs.

UF-Led Center Continues Fight Against Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes, Ticks

Established in 2016, the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease: The Gateway Program (SECVBD) will continue its work for another five years, thanks to renewed funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The center is a team effort to help communities prevent, prepare and respond to vector-borne disease threats through applied research and education efforts. We look forward to continuing to inform these public health actions,” said Rhoel Dinglasan, the center’s director and a professor in the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine affiliated with the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute.

Probing Plant Infections

Sometimes the pathogens that infect plants also affect people—through our pocketbooks. Which is why plant pathologist Erica Goss, a University of Florida professor with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, spends a lot of time studying microbes that infect tomatoes, peppers and strawberries.

UF Team Identifies Novel Targets for COVID-19 Antivirals

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Florida is making progress in their search for targets that could be used for developing treatments for infections with COVID-19. The team posted a paper to bioRxiv reporting the identification of 53 novel genes and pathways that could become druggable targets for antiviral therapies for COVID-19 plus a broad array of coronavirus types.

Yunnan Orbivirus Found in Florida for First Time

A new study by UF researchers, which published in Microbiology Resource Announcements, documents that Yunnan orbivirus is now in North America too, after it was identified in a farmed white-tailed deer in Florida.