Uncovering the Mechanisms Behind Infectious Diseases

Researchers in the Duke Division of Infectious Diseases are active in basic and clinical research related to infectious diseases.

We are leaders in uncovering the mechanisms behind specific infectious diseases and using this understanding to develop effective vaccines and treatments to combat the spread of infectious diseases.

Infectious spores
Scanning electron micrograph shows
infectious spores produced by the deadly
fungi Cryptococcus neoformans.

Current research initiatives in our division include:

  • Development of clinical diagnostic criteria for endocarditis, known as the "Duke Criteria"
  • Research on staphylococcal infections
  • Creating pathogenesis and management guidelines of fungal and cryptococcal infections
  • Clinical microbiology
  • Tick-borne infections
  • HIV pathogenesis and clinical research
  • Nosocomial infections and healthcare epidemiology
  • Prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)

Learn more about our research pathways: