The Center for Infection and Immunity The Center for Infection and Immunity, at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is dedicated to promoting global health through innovative research and training programs in infectious disease. Our focus is on pathogen surveillance and discovery and understanding how genes and environment contribute to health and disease. Our international team of laboratory and field scientists monitors known and novel pathogens in more than 40 countries to anticipate and reduce the impact of infectious diseases. To do this effectively, we developed a toolkit of molecular techniques that allow us to obtain microbes' genetic fingerprints, making their identification faster and more reliable. Public education and building a public health system capable of rapidly managing national and international health threats are also core parts of the Center’s mission. Our scientists have trained local workers in the developing world to collect samples and to use state-of-the-art techniques to detect pathogens; worked with the Federal government to streamline how pathogens are identified; and advised the White House on how to strengthen the nation’s public health system. Our work has been featured by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wired, Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, Discover, the History Channel, National Geographic, National Public Radio, Nature Medicine, This Week in Virology and Steven Soderbergh’s new film Contagion.