The last several decades have seen notable advances in the field of infectious diseases that has substantially contributed to the improvement of human health: smallpox was eradicated, and poliovirus is likely to follow, as are other preventable infectious diseases. Unfortunately, threats like AIDS, Lyme disease, Tuberculosis, and exotic mosquito-borne diseases such as Kumjin/West Nile encephalitis have emerged, and new antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria are continually being identified. In recent years, scientists have also discovered that a number of diseases formerly of uncertain origin, such as ulcers are, in fact, caused by infectious agents.
The Center for Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook University is composed up of a group of scientists with a shared interest in understanding aspects of infectious diseases and host-pathogen interactions to promote human health. The Center for Infectious Diseases conducts basic and applied biomedical research on microbial pathogenesis to determine how microbes cause disease, how the body fights off infection and how to treat infectious diseases. Exceptional research is being conducted in several timely areas at the Center for Infectious Diseases.