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LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease

Established in 2013, the John Ring LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease (CID) bridges the gap between basic and translational research into microbial and viral pathogenesis. These efforts also include characterizing and predicting the spread of infectious diseases through populations, and supporting programs to define the human and animal responses to challenge by infectious agents and how human genetics impact susceptibility to infection. 

The long-term goals of the CID are to promote interdisciplinary infectious disease research throughout the university; establish mentoring programs for undergraduates, graduate students, health professionals, and junior faculty; build ties to local and national medical centers; facilitate the submission of program project and training grants; and translate the results of research into clinical and public health practice.

The CID will stress an interdisciplinary approach, promoting projects that span the boundaries of traditional scientific fields.

The Center is supported in part through distributions from the John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Chair in Infectious Disease and Global Health, established in loving memory of Dr. John R. LaMontagne by family, friends and colleagues in 2006.

CENTER OBJECTIVES

  • To create a Center of national prominence in infectious diseases.
  • To provide networking opportunities for infectious disease research laboratories.
  • To synergize infectious disease efforts on campus and provide a focal point for outreach into the Austin medical community. With plans for a medical school in Austin in the near future, it is essential that UT-Austin establish an infectious disease focus group to interface with clinicians and provide research and teaching support. We anticipate providing infectious disease research training to health professionals, including medical students and medical residents. Such ties can go both ways, and will provide our pre-medical and public health undergraduate students with venues to pursue research and career development.
  • To provide an environment where undergraduates and professional trainees develop critical research skills through participation as investigators in original projects. This will include fostering FRI Streams in infectious disease research, and application for T32 NIH training grants to support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in infectious disease.
  • To stimulate outreach of CID researchers to external audiences, and to provide a rational voice for interfacing with the public and the media on frequently complex issues relating to infectious disease. In this regard, we anticipate having a regular newsletter that both promotes campus research and provides insights into disease that will be of interest to the general public.
  • To provide an organizing Center for translational opportunities, including providing access to animal models for testing prophylactic and therapeutic countermeasures, for developing strategies for research translation into the clinic, and for improving clinical and public health practices.
  • To foster academic interest in infectious diseases through seminars and colloquia at the interface of basic and clinical research.

MEMBERSHIP

Director

Shelley Payne, Professor, Molecular Biosciences

Associate Director

Jaquelin Dudley, Professor, Molecular Biosciences, Department of Oncology

Advisory Board

An advisory board has been established to provide input and guidance in all center endeavors. This board is composed of four highly accomplished UT Austin faculty members representing the three core colleges; the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, and the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Croyle, Maria
Maria A Croyle
Professor
Glaxo Wellcome Inc. Endowed Professorship in Pharmacy

512-471-1972
PHR 4.214D
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DAVIES, BRYAN W
Bryan W Davies
Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor of Medical Education
512-471-5535
NMS 3.118
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DUDLEY, JAQUELIN P
Jaquelin P Dudley
Professor, Professor of Oncology
Molecular biology and pathogenesis of retroviruses
512-471-8415
NMS 2.122
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EHRLICH, LAUREN I
Lauren I Ehrlich
Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Oncology
Thymocyte: stromal cell interactions in T cell development and T-ALL
512-471-7080
NMS 2.314
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ELLINGTON, ANDREW
Andrew Ellington
Professor
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Regents Chair in Molecular Biology | Wilson M. and Kathryn Fraser Research Professorship in Biochemistry

512-232-3424
MBB 3.424
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Fast, Walter
Walter L Fast
Professor, Division Head - Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
William I. Dismukes Fellowship in Pharmacy

512-232-4000
BME 6.202D
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GEORGIOU, GEORGE
George Georgiou
Professor
Laura Jennings Turner Chair in Engineering

512-471-6975
CPE 4.410
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HARSHEY, RASIKA M
Rasika M Harshey
Professor
DNA transposition, Replicative repair, flagella motility and signaling, bacterial surface colonization
512-471-5105
NMS 2.118
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HUIBREGTSE, JON M
Jon M Huibregtse
Professor, Director (Academic)
512-232-7700
MBB 2.312
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Maynard, Jennifer
Jennifer A Maynard
Professor
Henry Beckman Professorship in Chemical Engineering

512-471-9188
CPE 5.466
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McLellan, Jason
Jason McLellan
Associate Professor
Structural Basis of Host–Pathogen Interactions
512-232-1906
NHB 4.342
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MOLINEUX, IAN J
Ian J Molineux
Professor
Mechanisms of phage infection and genome ejection in vivo; phage evolutionary genetics and applications of phage
512-471-3143
NMS 1.116
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Moran, Nancy
Nancy A Moran
Professor
Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Chair

Insect and bacterial genomics and evolution, Symbiosis
512-232-5701
NMS 4.232A
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Ochman, Howard
Howard Ochman
Professor
Joseph J. & Jeanne M. Lagowski Regents Professorship in Molecular Bioscience

512-232-5666
NMS 4.110
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PAYNE, SHELLEY M
Shelley M Payne
Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor

Advisor to the Dean for Diversity & Inclusion
512-232-1070
NMS 2.124
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Smyth, Hugh
Hugh D Smyth
Professor, ViaTherapeutics
Alan W. Hamm Centennial Fellowship in Pharmacy

512-471-3383
PHR 6.216
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SULLIVAN, CHRISTOPHER S
Christopher S Sullivan
Associate Professor
Our lab seeks to understand how viruses interact with the host non-coding RNA machineries to replicate, induce tumors, and cause pathogenesi
512-471-4648
NMS 3.218
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Syrett, Heather
Angel Syrett
Special Projects Leader
512-471-1266
WCH 3.128
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