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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: 

  • Be part of a cohesive and diverse group of >100 infectious disease faculty from 7 colleges to promote collegial interactions and new scientific collaborations;
  • Participate in interdisciplinary collaborative research projects within CeZAP to tackle complex problems in infectious diseases;
  • Access to recruitment and financial support of top graduate students through an interdisciplinary graduate education program (iGEP) in infectious diseases;
  • Access to CeZAP’s seed funding program for faculty collaborative research and student training;
  • Have opportunities to participate in CeZAP’s graduate training grant, program project grant, and center grant from federal funding agencies;
  • Present your research and scholarship at CeZAP’s workshops, seminars, biennial symposium, and other activities.

Responsibilities as an affiliated faculty:

  • Willingness to participate in new interdisciplinary collaborations with other CeZAP faculty;
  • Agree to serve on various CeZAP committees;
  • Be willing to participate in recruiting and mentoring graduate students for the iGEP in infectious diseases;
  • Attend CeZAP workshop, seminar, biennial symposium, and social events;
  • Timely annual reporting of CeZAP activities.

Fralin Life Sciences Institute
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC)
Integrated Life Science Building (ILSB)
1981 Kraft Dr, Room 2038
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Sarah Gouger: CeZAP Coordinator 540-231-6084