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To position Virginia Tech to become a national and international leader in advancing transformative science and developing effective countermeasures against emerging infectious diseases.



To foster and promote a cohesive and synergistic environment for interdisciplinary and collaborative research across the Virginia Tech campus in the area of emerging, re-emerging, zoonotic, and vector-borne pathogens infecting humans, animals and plants.


Benefits as an affiliated faculty: 

(1). Be part of a cohesive and diverse group of >100 infectious disease faculty from 7 colleges to promote collegial interactions and new scientific collaborations;

(2). Participate in interdisciplinary collaborative research projects within CeZAP to tackle complex problems in infectious diseases;

(3). Access to recruitment and financial support of top graduate students through an interdisciplinary graduate education program (iGEP) in infectious diseases;

(4). Access to CeZAP’s seed funding program for faculty collaborative research and student training;

(5). Have opportunities to participate in CeZAP’s graduate training grant, program project grant, and center grant from federal funding agencies;

(6). Present your research and scholarship at CeZAP’s workshops, seminars, biennial symposium, and other activities.

Responsibilities as an affiliated faculty:

(1). Willingness to participate in new interdisciplinary collaborations with other CeZAP faculty;

(2). Agree to serve on various CeZAP committees;

(3). Be willing to participate in recruiting and mentoring graduate students for the iGEP in infectious diseases;

(4). Attend CeZAP workshop, seminar, biennial symposium, and social events;

(5). Timely annual reporting of CeZAP activities.

Fralin Life Sciences Institute
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC)
Integrated Life Science Building (ILSB)
1918 Kraft Dr, Room 2036
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Director: X.J. Meng
Phone: 540-231-6912