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Thematic Areas

With research expertise in 11 different thematic areas, the CeZAP affiliated faculty tackle comprehensive and complex problems in infectious diseases through interdisciplinary team approaches including engineering, social, biomedical, veterinary, medical, and plant sciences.

Pathogen Identification and Disease Diagnostic

Group leaders:
Boris Vinatzer

CeZAP Monthly Thematic Area socials

Come gather with the CeZAP community at our monthly Thematic Area Socials. A different thematic area will be highlighted each month, but the socials are open to the entire CeZAP community. These socials will be an informal gathering for the CeZAP community, but also provide an opportunity for faculty, post-docs and/or students to give 3-5 minute talks about their research (within the “theme of the month”). These talks can serve to strengthen communication skills and/or facilitate collaborations. The day and time of the socials will rotate each month to accommodate the majority of people’s schedules. Lunch or snacks will be provided.

May CeZAP Thematic Social
"Environmental Microbiology"
May 16, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
ILSB 1040 & Lobby
Lunch will be provided
Register HERE

Contact Amy Pruden <>  Leigh-Ann Krometis <> or Sarah Gouger <> for more information. Check out our website for more information on the Thematic Research Areas HERE



Upcoming Schedule. Keep checking the website and newsletter for more details on these Thematic Area Socials.


  • Pathogen Identification and Disease Diagnostic
  • Group leader: Boris Vinatzer


  • Antimicrobial Countermeasures (vaccine and drug)
  • Group leader: Mike Zhang


  • Computational Biology and Disease Modeling
  • Group leaders: Stanca Ciupe and Leah Johnson


  • Ecology and Epidemiology
  • Group leaders: Kathleen Alexander and Dana Hawley


  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Group leaders: Leigh-Anne Krometis and Amy Pruden


  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Group leaders: Clayton Caswell and Stephen Melville


  • Immunology
  • Group leaders: Coy Allen and Lijuan Yuan


  • Public Health and Clinical Microbiology
  • Group leaders: Andrea Bertke and Thomas Kerkering


  • Vector Biology and Vector-borne Diseases
  • Group leaders: Michael Klemba and Igor Sharakhov


  • Zoonotic Diseases
  • Group leaders: John Maurer and Patrick Pithua