Infectious Diseases research focuses on the areas of:

  • HIV and vaginal microbicides
  • reproductive tract infections
  • pharmaceutics and drug delivery

The study of reproductive infectious disease includes common infections, such as vaginitis, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as HIV. This research includes infections that occur during pregnancy and the neonatal period, and those that affect adolescents, women of reproductive age, and postmenopausal women.

Current research ranges from basic studies into host-pathogen interactions, the impact of STDs and other lower genital tract infections on the development of pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and ectopic pregnancy, and identification of drug delivery systems designed specifically for women, to establishing practices and effective diagnoses and therapy.

A unique focus is the development of topical microbicides to prevent HIV and urogenital infections. Emphasis is placed on an international trial, the Microbicide Trials Network, which centers on testing the safety, effectiveness, and acceptability of microbicides against HIV.