View From Our Chair: John B. Dame, PhD

IDP Department Chair

The collective professional expertise of faculty in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine is diverse.  Importantly, this diversity creates an environment for building collaborative research teams, and it provides a rich intellectual environment for professional (DVM) and graduate student education in infectious diseases, microbiology, virology, immunology, parasitology, and anatomic pathology.  The department has a critical mass of faculty in these disciplines, but continues to pursue excellence by strengthening current programs and recruiting preeminent faculty in key disciplines.

The department is in a unique position to form collaborative research teams, since it is a part of both of the two largest academic divisions in UF, the Health Science Center and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.  In addition, many of our faculty members participate in interdisciplinary programs closely tied to our department such as the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida, which facilitates intercollegiate collaborations on infectious disease research, and the UF Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology, which focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in uncontrolled inflammation.  Thus, research conducted in our department extends from studies of basic mechanisms in host pathogen interactions to developing practical products for preventing, controlling, and diagnosing diseases.

Our faculty teach in the DVM curriculum, mentor PhD students, train residents in anatomic pathology, and guide postdoctoral research associates.  Our ACVP-certified pathologists provide outstanding surgical and anatomic pathology services to clients of the UF Veterinary Hospitals, to basic researchers, and to thousands of others from around the State of Florida and the nation, with subspecialties in dermatopathology and marine mammal/exotics/zoo animal pathology. Other faculty offer laboratory services in molecular and cellular diagnostics and parasitology.

These are exciting times at the University of Florida for those interested in studies of the basic biology of disease, and our goal is to achieve preeminence in all of our missions: teaching, research, and clinical service.  I encourage you to learn more about our departmental programs, as summarized on this website, and where we share common interests, inquire as to how you might join with us in pursuing our shared goals.