Infectious Disease

Graphic illustration of bacteria

The understanding and treatment of infectious disease benefits from multiple engineering approaches, including computational modeling of metabolic networks in pathogens, predictive models of host-pathogen interactions, technology to probe single human parasites, rapid identification of pathogens in clinical samples, and devices for preventing the spread of drug resistant bacteria in hospitals.

Affiliated Faculty

Bryan Berger

Associate Professor

Bryan received and his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the department of biochemistry & biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Currently Bryan is associate professor of chemical engineering with a joint appointment in biomedical engineering.

Philip E. Bourne

Founding Dean, School of Data Science Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Philip E. Bourne leads a range of initiatives to encourage and facilitate the use of big data in large-scale research across the scientific and technological disciplines, with special emphasis on structural bioinformatics and systems pharmacology. He is the Founding Dean of the School of Data…

Sepideh Dolatshahi

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Research in the Dolatshahi lab combines multiplex experimental measurements with computational methods (including statistical machine learning, network inference, information theory, signal processing and kinetic-dynamic modeling) to solve problems in the context of cancer, infectious disease and…

William H. Guilford

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Will Guilford uses molecular biomechanics and engineering design to better understand and better prevent the movement of single cells and the spread of drug-resistant pathogens. He attended Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne Indiana where he double-majored in Biology and Chemistry. He subsequently…

Brian P. Helmke

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Brian Helmke researches the relationship between cell mechanics and cell function using new tools in materials science and molecular biology, with a focus on cardiovascular disease. His laboratory employs a multidisciplinary biomedical engineering approach to understand the relationship between intracellular mechanics and cell function.

Peter Kasson

Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Peter Kasson addresses fundamental questions about infectious disease by studying the membrane biology of virus-host cell interactions using both computational models and experimental approaches. 

Jason Papin

Professor, Biomedical Engineering Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor

Jason Papin, Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, develops computational models of cellular networks and performs experiments to characterize biological systems relevant to human disease. After his training in Bioengineering at University of California, San Diego, Jason Papin joined the faculty at University of Virginia in 2005.

More about Infectious Diseases Research at UVA

Global Infectious Diseases Institute

Targets three major 21st century concerns: diarrheal disease in children, pandemic threats, and superbugs. Affiliated Faculty: Papin, French, Kelly, Peirce-cottler, Guilford, Helmke, Janes, and Kasson.

Carter Immunology Center

48 investigators conducting research linked to defective immune response. Established in 1991 to develop and sustain a program of research and training of international stature.