Host-Pathogen Interface

Disease-causing micro-organisms that find their way into feeds and foods or farms and homes can pose a threat to the health of animal and human hosts. Scientists in the Host-Pathogen Interface cluster uncover both the common and unique ways that micro-organisms act to gain entry and produce disease in their hosts, and how protective barriers and defense mechanisms in animal tissues and cells work to combat bacterial, viral, and parasitic infectious agents. Through their discoveries, these researchers are developing innovative approaches to prevent or ameliorate outbreaks of infectious diseases in people, companion animals, and livestock.