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UTMB Research on COVID-19

Thanks to our unusually strong expertise in coronaviruses (three of our faculty scientists focus on these viruses and many others have extensive coronavirus experience) and our unique high containment facilities, UTMB is at the forefront of the emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak and is already conducting research to understand the disease as well as to develop vaccines and therapeutics. Click here to view a list of the major research projects underway to study the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the disease called COVID-19) »

IHII Mission Statement

Scott C. Weaver, MS, PhDThe world-class infectious disease research programs of the University of Texas Medical Branch are breaking new ground in understanding the nature of infectious diseases, and are working to translate new research concepts into products aimed at controlling emerging infectious diseases and mitigating their effects on society. The programs of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity (IHII) are the hub of infectious disease research at UTMB. The IHII’s mission is to coordinate, facilitate and enhance the activities of UTMB’s research centers and programs that focus on advancing the fields of infection and immunity.

IHII programs and centers include the Galveston National Laboratory (GNL), the Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases (CBEID), the Center for Tropical Diseases (CTD), the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences (SIVS), the World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses (WRCEVA), the McLaughlin Endowment for Infection and Immunity, the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases (WGCVBD), West African Center of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the W.M. Keck Center for Virus Imaging in BSL-3.

Scott C. Weaver, MS, PhD

Scott C. Weaver, MS, PhD
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