To promote the newly funded CEIG by the Army Research Office of Department of Defense. The CEIG serves as a conduit for the training of Doctoral, Master's, and Undergraduate students with dedicated projects in Microbial Genetics and Infectious Diseases. THE CEIG is also committed to increasing the pool of students interested in pursuing a career in Microbiology research.
Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics
The Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics (CEIG) leverages established faculty and their expertise in microbial genetics, mycology, pathogenesis, and immunology at UTSA for genome based research on pathogenic microorganisms.
The CEIG is focused on facilitating development of strategies that utilize genome targeted technologies including genome expression analysis using microarrays, high-throughput structural-function analysis of proteins for drug development, rapid screening methodologies for identification of inhibitory small molecules, and rational bioinformatics approaches for identification of candidate antigens as vaccine candidates, for a better understanding of pathogens and their control.
A major thrust of the CEIG is aimed at translation of this genomic information to practical solutions for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, as well as establishing training programs at different academic levels to meet the challenges of the "Post-Genomic Era" in research in microbiology and infectious diseases.