Infectious Disease Research

Zoonotic transmission of infectious agents is a major cause of human morbidity and mortality. With increased human population size, environmental destruction, ease of international travel, and break downs in the public health system, emerging infectious diseases are increasingly important.  A large number of Penn investigators study viral, parasitic, and bacterial pathogens that are classified as emerging infectious diseases or are possible bioterrorism weapons. Agents studied by Penn investigators include smallpox, Ebola, Dengue, West Nile virus, Yellow fever virus, anthrax, toxoplasma gondii, and schsitosomiasis.

Emerging Infectious Diseases Researchers include:

Scott Hensley, PhD
Professor of Microbiology

Stuart Isaacs, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE
Robert Austrian Professor

Holly Ramage, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Microbiology