Houpt Group leads studies on the burden of infectious diseases, drug resistance, and emerging infections all over the world. Most work involves developing panels of PCR-based diagnostic tests to detect a full range of enteropathogens, and we utilize these tests in collaborative studies, such as the Mal-ED and GEMS studies throughout Africa, Asia, and South America, to better document the cause of diarrhea and malnutrition. We also have a program on tuberculosis, both on developing rapid diagnostics that can identify which drugs to use for multidrug-resistant TB, as well as identifying markers for poor therapeutic response.
Alongside a highly qualified research staff and faculty, Houpt Group is led by Eric Houpt, the Jack Gwaltney Jr. Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Virginia and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine.