Despite profound medical advances in the last century, infectious diseases continue to take their global toll. Malaria, tuberculosis, Zika virus, Lyme disease, and even the flu continue to cause suffering and death. At Whitehead Institute, research focuses on disease-causing viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi — striving to understand how the interactions between pathogens and their hosts lead to disease. Whitehead Institute investigators are discovering important new knowledge on a range of challenges: from exploring Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled, disease-causing parasite that infects about 25 percent of the world’s population, to investigating the role of RNA in HIV’s ability to evade the immune system, to demonstrating ways that Zika virus affects brain development.

Please partner with researchers such as Rudolf JaenischSebastian Lourido, and Silvia Rouskin as they uncover the secrets of infectious diseases.