The Texas Tech University System (TTUS)--Texas Tech University, TTU Health Science Center, Angelo State University, and TTU Health Science Center-El Paso--will establish a unique multidisciplinary research Center to act as a sentinel for the emergence of zoonoses and an incubator for studying the interplay of zoonotic diseases in the environment and domestic animal populations. The Center will study how environmental effects contribute to the transmissibility of these diseases, threatening food safety and security, economic prosperity, and human health.
The TTUS Zoonotic & Infectious Diseases Research Center has a strong cohort of investigators who have expertise in the surveillance and prediction of zoonotic and infectious diseases, vector and host biology, resistance and vaccine development. These researchers are seeking to understand the biotic and abiotic environmental factors that influence the maintenance and transmission of zoonoses, other vector-borne diseases, and high consequence infectious diseases to predict their occurrence and develop preventive measures. We are focusing on the interplay of zoonotic diseases in the environment and domestic animal populations, and how environmental effects contribute to the mutations and transmissibility of these diseases.