Infectious Disease

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Infectious disease is one of the greatest sources of morbidity and mortality in the world today.

At the University of Minnesota, notable experts within the field are working to prevent death and disability from disease. And they're helping to prevent infections and diseases from developing in the first place.

Our researchers and adjunct faculty are working together across disciplines, bringing ideas and expertise from both university and community stakeholders. Research affiliates include the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, the Minnesota Department of Health, and more.

Not only are these experts solving problems in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. They’re also making a positive impact in global health, with collaborative studies and research interests in Ethiopia, Kenya, Chile, India, and other locations.

Research spotlight

Ryan Langlois, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is developing universal vaccines designed to limit disease mutation and stop infectious disease epidemics in their tracks.

Meet an expert

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Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He is a member of the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine. Dr. Osterholm led investigations into infectious disease outbreaks during his 15 years as state epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health. Currently, he's the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).