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Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases (CMMID)

--A Research Center for Animal Models for Diseases –

The central theme of CMMID is “Animal Model of Diseases”. Our faculty specialize in using various animal models that include not only traditional laboratory animal models (mice and rats), but also non-traditional (chickens, pigs, dogs, fish, crab, equine) animal models.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to employ animal models to better understand the disease processes that impact both humans and domesticated species. A sound basic understanding of pathogens will enable us to better design newer intervention strategies, such as genetically altered vaccines and immunomodulators.

What We Do As A Center

Dr. Boyle in Lab This center is geared toward addressing current problems in public health that require the use of appropriate animal and tissue culture models, as well as gene-expression analysis.

Answers to today’s medical problems in both veterinary and human medicine require cutting-edge biomedical approaches. Faculty members, staff, and graduate students are using these cutting-edge methods to:

  • better understand infectious diseases
  • develop improved vaccines for bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases
  • understand the molecular events leading to immunological diseases
  • answer basic and applied problems in biomedicine

Animal Models of Diseases

The following are various animal models of diseases that our research faculty is currently focusing:

The CMMID also houses faculty members from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (EVVCOM) whose primary focus is on animal models of human diseases.

Contact Us

Virginia Tech (0342)
1410 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6377
Expanded CMMID facility:
CMMID-CRC (0491)
1800 Kraft Drive, 2nd floor
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-1995