Microbiology and Infectious diseases
The main goal of this Research Group is to contribute to the understanding of microbes and associated diseases they produce in animal species. Domestic animals, wildlife and humans share a large and increasing number of infectious diseases. Globalization, increasing human populations and landscape changes, enhance interfaces between wildlife, domestic animals and humans, facilitating disease emergence. Emerging infectious diseases are a threat to human, domestic and wildlife populations, for that they should be addressed across species also in attempt to identify their reservoirs. Antimicrobial resistance is also a mechanism developed by pathogenic microorganisms that render them resistant to antimicrobial agents used for its control. The understanding how various important pathogens develop resistance to drugs and the emergence of drug-resistant microbes for antimicrobials being used today is also important, to help determine how such resistance might be overcome.
GERTRUDE AVERIL BAKER THOMPSON
LUÍS ANDRÉ DE OLIVEIRA PINHO
SANDRA MARIA BASÍLIO QUINTEIRA