Doctors collaborate to advance the science of infectious diseases diagnosis and treatment. Research focused on advancing patient care

Mayo Clinic's physician-scientists are engaged in research to develop new knowledge in preventing, diagnosing and treating infectious diseases. Among their many collaborators are Arizona State University, the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, the University of Notre Dame and the Belize Ministry of Health, and international colleagues who study Zika (ZEE'-kuh) virus and other vector-borne diseases.

For nearly 70 years the clinic's doctors have been at the forefront of advances in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases. The clinic initiated its subspecialty training of doctors (the fellowship program) in 1961. It's a strong program that includes specialty training on infectious diseases related to transplant, intensive care, orthopedics, cardiovascular medicine, and travel and tropical medicine.

Areas of particular research interest include:

  • Prosthetic joint infection
  • Vertebral osteomyelitis
  • Health care associated infections
  • Cytomegalovirus infection
  • Vaccine research
  • Infection following organ transplantation
  • Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis)
  • Cardiovascular infections
  • Clostridium infections and fecal microbiota transplantation
  • HIV and hepatitis

Clinical trials

Mayo Clinic researchers are involved in studies to evaluate potential treatments (clinical trials) for many infectious diseases. You may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. Learn more about infectious diseases clinical trials at Mayo Clinic.


See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on infectious diseases on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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Research Profiles

Oct. 15, 2019