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LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease

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Our Mission is...
to bridge the gap between basic and translational research into microbial and viral pathogenesis. Learn More

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Understanding the biological principles that underlie the mechanisms by which infectious agents adapt to and undermine the defense mechanisms of a host organism is critical for the development of therapeutic agents to fight disease. The LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease conducts basic and translational research into the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal infections and strategies for their prophylaxis and therapy. The LaMontagne Center was established at The University of Texas at Austin in November 2013 as the Center for Infectious Disease (CID) and was renamed just over three years later for scientist and public health champion John Ring LaMontagne.  The LaMontagne Center, while located within the College of Natural Sciences, is composed of highly interdisciplinary researchers spanning at least four colleges: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Pharmacy, and the Dell Medical School.

Infectious Disease News

Breakthrough in Fight on Tick-Borne CCHF Virus is Latest Use of New Strategy Against Diseases A 3D atomic map, or structure, of the Gc protein (red and yellow) bound to two antibodies (green, blue and white) produced by a recovered patient. The Gc protein is a key molecule on the surface of the CCHF virus enabling it to infect cells. Credit: Akaash Mishra/University of Texas at Austin

Using the same approach they recently used to create effective vaccine candidates against COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), scientists are tackling another virus: the tick-borne Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF). It causes death in up to 40% of cases, and the World Health Organization identified the disease as one of its top priorities for research and development. The results appear today in the journal Science.

McLellan Honored for Contributions to COVID-19 Vaccines Photo by Vivian Abagiu

Jason McLellan, UT Austin molecular biosciences professor, has received the 2021 Shirley Bird Perry Longhorn Citizenship Award, recognizing the wide-reaching impact of his work with viral proteins, especially his contributions to COVID-19 vaccines. The award is given annually by UT Austin's Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.

As Cryo-EM Capabilities Expand, Cool Science at UT Gets a Boost David Taylor with the Glacios cryo-EM. Photo credit: Vivian Abagiu.

Imagine biological and chemical imaging tools so advanced that they are able to show the molecular details of a virus as it attaches to and enters cells, or the alignment of vanishingly tiny crystals at an atomic level so as to lend insights for new solar energy technology.

Simulation Reveals How a SARS-CoV-2 ‘Gate’ Opens to Allow COVID Infection

Despite more than a year and a half of research, there are still many unknowns about how the virus that causes COVID-19 infects human cells. A deeper understanding could lead to new treatment approaches.

Mary K. Estes, PH. D.

Lecture Series - March 23rd, 2020 - MARY K. ESTES, PH.D.

Distinguished Professor of Virology and Microbiology Baylor College of Medicine.
Where: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on UT-Austin Main Campus

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HIV Hidden in Patients' Cells

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Nov. 23, 2021

We All Must Rise to the Challenge of Climate Change

We’re feeling the impacts of climate change all around us

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Nov. 18, 2021

Breakthrough in Fight on Tick-Borne CCHF Virus is Latest Use of New Strategy Against Diseases

Using the same approach they recently used to create effective vaccine candidates against COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), scientists are tackling another virus: the tick-borne Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF)

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Nov. 15, 2021

As We Develop, the Brain Connects Lessons Learned Differently

AUSTIN, Texas — A new study of brain activity patterns in people doing a memory task finds that the way we make inferences — finding hidden connections between different experiences — changes dramatically as we age

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Nov. 11, 2021

Fate of Sinking Tectonic Plates is Revealed

AUSTIN, Texas — Our world’s surface is a jumble of jostling tectonic plates, with new ones emerging as others are pulled under

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