Biomedical research is a large and growing emphasis at the University of Georgia, where insights revealed by basic research are applied to improve the health of Georgians and people around the world. Our expertise spans fields as diverse as public health and veterinary medicine, with scientists working in several units across campus.
The UGA Faculty of Infectious Diseases (FID) is composed of faculty and industry partners who share a common goal of increasing the understanding of the basic biology of infectious agents, their interactions with human and animal hosts, their natural ecology and the epidemiology of the diseases they cause. Its members apply this knowledge to improve the detection, control and prevention of infectious diseases.
The UGA Cancer Center is composed of more than 40 teams of researchers from across campus. Its areas of specialty include the discovery of drug targets, diagnostic tests, cancer vaccines and new strategies for cancer prevention and improving patient quality of life. Its members are also committed to educating undergraduate and graduate-level students who are the next generation of cancer researchers and physicians.
The UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute (BHSI) facilitates and promotes interdisciplinary research and instructional efforts for a membership of approximately 200 faculty working in the biomedical and health science fields. In addition to being the home of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in neuroscience, the BHSI provides support for the collaborative development of faculty research grants, new academic programs, lectures, symposia and other resources for students and faculty from diverse departments and programs at UGA who share a commitment to biomedical and human health research and education.
The UGA Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases (CTEGD) is an interdisciplinary center that fosters research, education and service related to tropical and emerging infectious diseases. Based on a strong foundation of parasitology, immunology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics, CTEGD’s faculty is from eight departments in four Colleges. CTEGD also benefits from the participation of adjunct faculty from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its linkages to the Emory Vaccine Center as well as its relationships with UGA’s Faculty of Infectious Diseases, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and other related programs at UGA.
The Department of Child and Family Development in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students for a wide variety of careers studying and serving children, adults and families. The Department of Foods and Nutrition prepares students for careers in health care, industry, universities and government. Faculty in these departments have expertise in research areas such as obesity, nutrition and health, maternal and child health, health promotion through nutrition and physical activity interventions, nutraceuticals, functional foods and the development of healthy food products.
The UGA College of Public Health is committed to protecting human health through its teaching, research and public service capabilities. The college was established to expand the availability of affordable public health education and training in Georgia and to increase public health expertise throughout the Southeast. It offers degree programs in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health administration, health promotion and behavior, public health and toxicology.
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.
The UGA College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree and graduate degrees. Based in Athens and affiliated with the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, the college integrates classroom, laboratory and experiential training in a curriculum organized around both human physiology and disease states. The college houses the UGA Center for Drug Discovery and its faculty members conduct research in fields such as toxicology, neurochemistry and drug delivery.
The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at UGA, with more than 600 faculty members and more than 13,000 students. Scientists in the Franklin College conduct basic and applied research in fields such as biology, genetics, cellular biology and molecular biology. They also prepare undergraduate graduate students for careers in diverse biomedical fields.