Infectious Disease

The Infectious Disease program focuses on infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health. Topics cover bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections including pathogenesis, diagnostics, innate and adaptive immunity, vaccine development, and host-microbe interactions. Researchers use classic and contemporary approaches including genomics and computational biology. Funding is provided from a variety of sources including NIH, USDA, DOD, NSF, and biologic corporations. Also, the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) engages in zoonotic, transboundary, and emerging infectious disease research and education (

Parasite Research Decades in the Making

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Richard Martin, Biomedical Sciences, 515-294-2470,
Dave Gieseke, Communications, 515-294-4257, dgieseke@iastate.ed

Iowa State University scientists study how malaria parasites take over human red blood cells

This image is an electron micrograph of a malaria parasite inside a red blood cell. The parasites make dramatic changes to the red blood cell so they can survive. Image courtesy of Josh Beck. Larger image.

News Article Contacts

Josh Beck, Biomedical Sciences, 515-294-8293,
Fred Love, News Service, 515-294-0704,