The Montana-Ecology of Infectious Diseases (M-EID) education and research program is built on the understanding that scientists with different disciplinary skills will take varied approaches and bring unique expertise to EID questions, which collectively provides a better understanding of the whole system. Many critical aspects of EID systems reside in understanding the structure, dynamics, genetics, and behavior of host organisms and pathogens and the complex interplay between host, pathogen, and environment at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
The broad research emphases of the program are:
- Patterns and distribution of pathogens in the environment
- Host-pathogen adaptations and interactions.
The research and educational focus of this Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program is the ecology of infectious diseases (EID). This topic was chosen based on the interests and expertise of University of Montana faculty and affiliates and because it is an emerging field of global importance with significant national and local consequences. Moreover, it provides an excellent forum for training graduate students in a developing interdisciplinary research field. Trainees will become skilled scientific researchers and develop strong collaborative and communication skills.