The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding virology research programs. An interactive group of researchers study viruses that infect domestic and wild animals (feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, walleye dermal sarcoma virus, bovine viral diarrhea virus, rabies virus, avian influenza virus, hantavirus), humans (human immunodeficiency virus), and viruses vectored by mosquitoes (see the vector-borne infectious disease page). Areas of research interest include: virus discovery, virus-cell interactions, viral pathogenesis, oncogenesis, transcription and post-transcriptional regulation, immune response to infection, vaccine development, and gene therapy.
Viral pathogenesis, molecular virology and gene therapy
Pathogenesis of retroviral infections
Feline immunodeficiency virus in domestic and non-domestic cats
Animal models of infectious disease
Viral RNA decay
Arbovirology, Virus-host interactions, Epidemiology of arthropod-borne disease