The Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis and Transmission (CRIPT) focuses on basic and clinic influenza research program to study the evolution, pathogenesis and transmission of influenza viruses in humans as well as at distinct zoonotic interfaces. Bridging basic and clinical research, CRIPT:

  • Is one of five Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR) funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Develops tools and provides expertise that complement ongoing public health programs to rapidly respond to emerging human respiratory pathogens of pandemic potential, including influenza viruses
  • Combine inter-related human studies to understand the factors contributing not only to zoonotic emergence but also to disease severity, transmission, and immune protection by previous infection and/or vaccination
  • Pursues basic research projects on virus and host determinants of virulence, host responses, antigenicity, tropism, and pathogenesis

Provide service to rapidly respond to pre-pandemic and pandemic events in order to mitigate the public health impact of such events, including the COVID-19 pandemic.