Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Excellence in Research

UTSA is training the next generation of scientists to combat emerging infectious diseases that are prevalent around the world. Through excellence in teaching, research and community outreach, the university is rapidly advancing the world’s understanding of infectious diseases and making great gains in vaccine development.

Students at UTSA may choose to major in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology or biotechnology through the College of Sciences. The college also offers an undergraduate certificate in pathogenic outbreak investigations. The UTSA Graduate School offers a program in translational science.

UTSA is home to three research and outreach centers focused on infectious diseases. The South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases is one of the nation’s premier scientific hubs for the study of the pathogenic mechanisms of emerging infectious diseases. Its researchers are focused on molecular microbiology, immunology, medical mycology, virology, microbial genomics, vaccine development and biodefense. The UTSA Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics offers a specialized program for genome-based research on pathogenic microorganisms, drawing students and researchers from across the world for top-tier instruction and research. The center is focused on infectious diseases aligned with U.S. Army priorities.

A strong chemistry program, which includes instruction and research in drug discovery, also attracts students who are interested in infectious disease. The UTSA Department of Chemistry and Center for Innovative Drug Discovery lead this initiative at UTSA. The latter includes a medicinal chemistry facility.

Biomedicine is one of San Antonio’s core strengths. In addition to UTSA and UT Health San Antonio, the city is home to Southwest Research Institute and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. The four organizations together founded the Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio. Military partnerships also enhance UTSA’s work in infectious disease.

Degree Programs

Areas of Specialty

  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Microbiology and immunology
  • Medical mycology
  • Infection genomics
  • Vaccine development
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry

Research Core Facilities


One of the top 400 universities in the world
One of the top 66 public universities in the nation
One of the top five young universities in the nation
— Times Higher Education
One of the nation’s best graduate schools for chemistry
One of the nation’s best graduate schools for biological sciences
— U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 College Rankings
Among an elite group of U.S. universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification
— Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teaching
2016 Best for Vets College


UTSA at a Glance

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160 degree programs

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7.4 Million+

Total Budget

$547.7 Million





Local Economic Impact

$1.2 billion

Research and Development Expenditures

$68.1 Million



UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

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