Texas Tech University

Focus Areas


The center consists of five focus areas. Click to see experts in each area. 

Microbiome, symbiome, resistome

Amanda Brown

  • Plant-parasitic nematodes
  • Vectors (Mosquito) and Humans
  • Hemipteran insects
  • Rhizosphere (involving plants, plant-pests, fungi, viruses, and bacteria)
  • Plant and tree leaves

Caleb Phillips

  • Mammals and bats
  • Wounds
  • Big horn sheep

Corey Brelsfoard

  • Mosquitos, ticks, biting midgets


Vaccines and delivery systems

Harvinder Singh Gill

  • Microneedles
  • Influenza vaccines
  • Oral vaccination
  • Nanoparticles for vaccine development
  • Peptide and subunit vaccines

Antimicrobials and resistance

Guy Loneragan

  • Livestock health
  • Antimicrobial use and resistance
  • Salmonella

Vinicius Machado

  • Metritis
  • Resistome (Antibiotic resistance)

Noureddine Abidi

  • AntimicrobialsAntimicrobial films
  • Characterization techniques

Zoonotic agents and vector biology

Steve Presley

  • Influenza surveillance
  • Transmission of Brucella spp., Coxiella burnetii, Francisella tularensis, and Trypanosoma cruzi
  • Screening west nile virus, encephalitis, flava viruses. Rift valley fever
  • Testing raw milk and dairy products

Disease evolution, epidemiology, and ecology

Jorge Salazar-Bravo

  • Ecology of disease emergence
  • Biology of hosts/reservoirs of mammarenaviruses
  • Environmental niche modeling and species distribution to predict host presence

Robert Bradley

  • Origin and evolution of rodent-borne viruses
  • Epidemiology and zoonoses of mammalian-borne viruses
  • Growth and utilization of natural history collections
  • Development of bioinformatics for natural history collections.

Zoonotic & Infectious Diseases Research Center