Rhoel Dinglasan and his postdoctoral fellow Tim Hamerly discuss proteomic data from a recent study at the EPI. Dinglasan and Hamerly’s academic home spans between the EPI and UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s department of infectious diseases and immunology.

Malaria’s Spit Solution

A new $1.29 million grant will support work to develop a saliva-based malaria diagnostic test that catches infections even when victims don’t show symptoms.

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Dr. Dinglasan works in the lab

“Spit here, please.”

Dr. Rhoel Dinglasan explains why a new diagnostic test for malaria developed by him and his colleagues at the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute could be a game-changer.

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Hand holds petri dish while a pipette is used

Helpful bacterium shown to fortify newborns’ immune system in animal model

“This establishes that specific strains of a probiotic bacterium can mobilize immunity to enhance the health of newborns,” said. Dr. Mansour Mohamadzadeh

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Dr. Dinglasan poses in lab coat

New saliva-based test detects malaria before symptoms appear

An easy-to-use saliva test to screen for the parasite that causes malaria has been developed by a team of researchers led by a University of Florida scientist.

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Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology

The mission of the Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology is to acquire, advance, and disseminate knowledge in the fields of parasitology, microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, and other disciplines that will help identify, control, and prevent animal disease and/or contribute to public health. We pursue this mission through teaching, research, and service activities at the state, national, and international levels.