Infectious diseases are a leading cause of mortality worldwide and a major threat to our food supply and natural resources—particularly with the emergence of new and invasive pathogens. Ohio State is prepared to make the prevention, detection and management of infectious diseases a priority as a part of its Discovery Themes.
Through an unprecedented investment, the university seeks to hire numerous new key faculty—both up-and-coming and senior faculty at the tops of their fields—to work alongside Ohio State's 180+ renowned infectious disease faculty and research teams. This new group of experts will represent 22 disciplines, spanning human, animal and plant health, and will organize their focus within five areas: antibiotic discovery and optimization; treatment and prevention of emerging viruses; immunity to pathogens and other microbial communities; pathogen emergence; and social networks and health policy.
Together, researchers will work to understand the interactions among hosts, pathogens and the environment that result in disease, including drivers of pathogen evolution and antimicrobial resistance, animal reservoirs, host range and immunity, as well as the impacts of infectious diseases on natural and agroecosystems and a sustainable food, fiber and biofuel supply.
Drawing on the successes of Ohio State's existing Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease program and support from other Ohio State groups, centers and industry partners, this project will continue to transform Ohio State into a world leader in infectious disease research and teaching, leading to new discoveries and real-world solutions that will improve the health of people and ecosystems across the globe.
Researchers in the infectious disease arena at Ohio State are members of numerous multi- and interdisciplinary Board of Trustees-approved centers, including:
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)
- Center for Microbial Interface Biology (CMIB)
- Center for Retrovirus Research (CRR)
- Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS)
- Global Health Education Program (GHP)
- Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
- Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease (PHPID)
Some faculty are also affiliated with Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Microbial Pathogenesis