It is an exciting time for the Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology. Our recent reformation, including my recruitment to lead the Department into the future, has created exciting opportunities to spur growth and strengthen leadership in our research, teaching, and service missions.
Toward our research mission, we aim to gain preeminence in our areas of strength: pathogen biology, pathogenesis, immunology, and vaccinology. By advancing understanding of principles of biology through basic, applied and translational research, we will continue to pursue high impact research aimed at improving the health of both animals and humans. As part of our research mission, we are also committed to advancing research and training in One Health by strengthening programs and partnerships within our College and throughout the University’s Health Sciences Center.
Our teaching mission is to prepare the next generation of scientists and veterinarians for the challenges of the 21st century. We will excel in this area by embracing our responsibility to enlighten students and post-graduates through instruction and mentorship both in the lab and the classroom. We also recognize the important of educating those outside the university walls, especially youth, whose fascination with the natural world is our responsibility to help inspire.
Our teaching mission synergizes with our service mission to share our expertise with both governmental and private entities who rely on our cutting-edge knowledge of infectious diseases and immunology to make funding, publishing, and policy decisions.
To be successful in our missions, we must commit to lifelong learning, the dissemination of knowledge, and a pursuit of knowledge through inquiry, all informed by the needs of our state, the nation, and the world. ‘
Julie M. Moore