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left to right: Microbiologist processing samples of infectious diseases requiring BSL-3 practices; feral pigs to be tested for various pathogens; salmonella; Carbon dioxide-baited trap for collecting mosquitoes; a microneedle array, which can be used for immunotherapy and more.

 

One Health 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.

One Health acts 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 studies how environmental effects contribute to the transmissibility of these diseases, threatening food safety and security, economic prosperity, and human health.

To accomplish its mission, One Health draws upon the expertise of the entire TTUS, including the Texas Tech University, the TTU Health Sciences Center (Lubbock and El Paso), and Angelo State University, and performs broad research activities in surveillance of zoonotic agents, development of technologies to prevent and counter zoonoses, and serves as an incubator for studying the interplay of zoonotic diseases in the environment and domestic animal populations.