Center for Infection and Immunity

The Center for Infection and Immunity has been committed to research and service in global public health since 2001.

Some of our key achievements include:

  • Discovered more than 2,000 new microbes
  • Created the first international laboratory within the Chinese Centers for Disease Control: Joint Research Laboratory for Pathogen Discovery
  • Invited by the ministry of health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the only academic institution to assist with identifying the source of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)
  • Established that the use of supplemental folic acid during pregnancy results in a 40% reduced risk of autism in children
  • Selected by the NIH to lead the controversial study to determine that xenotropic murine leukemia virus (XMRV)-related virus does not cause or contribute to the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Introduced the first sensitive diagnostic test for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
  • Identified the West Nile virus as the cause of an encephalitis outbreak in New York City in 1999
  • Pioneered genetic methods to rapidly identify infectious agents
  • Established the Global Alliance for Preventing Pandemics (GAPP) to promote capacity building in low- and middle-income countries


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