Infectious Diseases


For the past 15 years, a new infectious disease has been discovered nearly every year, with an outbreak reported on nearly every continent. These threats of food-borne illnesses, pandemic diseases, climate change, and global trade and transit underscore the importance of addressing the complexity of infectious diseases and public health preparedness.

Long dedicated to the study of microbial pathogenesis and the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, Ohio State is strategically investing to expand its team-approach to the discovery and solution applications across 22 disciplines spanning human, animal and plant health.

At Ohio State, our distinctive approach leverages diverse perspectives and a global reach to create synergy among investigators in the clinical and basic sciences, allowing for a holistic approach that simultaneously considers human, agricultural and environmental factors to:

  • Enable discoveries in therapeutics, diagnostics, vaccines, surveillance and tracking.
  • Establish international collaborations, especially with developing countries where emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases often break out.
  • Define the interaction of pathogenic and beneficial microbes in humans, animals, plants and the environment to better understand disease at biological scales ranging from molecular to ecological.
  • Create controls to protect the world's agricultural stocks and livestock, the food supply, and the environment.
  • Develop new methods to detect outbreaks of infectious diseases and limit their spread.

Ohio State is committed to bringing unparalleled expertise to this fight and breaking new ground by connecting new knowledge to applications for infectious diseases and improving the implementation and efficacy of solutions.

Program Leads


Michael Oglesbee, DVM, PhD, DACVP