Welcome to the Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research (CEIDR). Infectious diseases cause critical health problems in animals and humans in both the developed and developing world. Emerging pathogens such as HIV/AIDS, coronaviruses (SARS, MERS), avian influenza and others pose constant and evolving threats. Mosquito and other vector- borne viral and bacterial pathogens cause West Nile encephalitis (West Nile virus), Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (Dengue virus), typhus (Rickettsia), Lyme disease (Borrelia bordgorferi) and other important diseases. These pathogens are constantly evolving as evidenced by the emergence of multi-drug resistant bacteria. CEIDR is a strategic alliance between the LSU School of Veterinary medicine and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. CEIDR faculty conduct basic and applied research to understand how important pathogens cause disease and how animals and humans can be protected. CEIDR is a Center of Excellence at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and it is supported by the NIH:NIGMS Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) mechanism. Our website contains information on our research, service, teaching and training activities.