Special Issue "Genetic Characteristics and Pathogenesis of Zoonotic Diseases"

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737). This special issue belongs to the section "Infection Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 July 2024 | Viewed by 105

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dima El Safadi
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Guest Editor
Department of Clinical Sciences, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool L7 8XZ, UK
Interests: clinical microbiology; pathogen transmission molecular epidemiology; zoonotic diseases; host–pathogen interaction; public health
Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
Interests: clinical microbiology, antimicrobial resistance; bacterial fitness; virulence; foodborne pathogens; outbreaks; One Health; public health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Zoonotic diseases, which can cross from animals to humans, represent dynamic and persistent threats to global public health. Recent epidemics such as influenza, SARS, Ebola, and COVID-19 underscore the profound impact these diseases can exert in terms of morbidity, mortality, and socioeconomic landscapes. The genetic characteristics of zoonotic pathogens play a pivotal role in their transmission dynamics and their ability to jump between species. However, susceptibility to infection and pathogenicity is a multifaceted interplay between host–pathogen interactions and the genetic diversity within host populations.

This Special Issue explores how the genetic characteristics of zoonotic pathogens drive their evolution, impacting the emergence and adaptation of diseases to new hosts. It emphasizes genetic markers associated with virulence, drug resistance, and pathogenic properties in zoonotic diseases to better understand mechanisms governing disease pathogenesis. Furthermore, this Special Issue examines host–pathogen interactions, scrutinizing genetic factors influencing host susceptibility and resistance. It highlights co-evolutionary dynamics between zoonotic pathogens and animal hosts, underscoring how genetic diversity in both shapes disease outcomes. Additionally, this Special Issue embraces the One Health approach, emphasizing human, animal, and environmental health interconnections through case studies and research initiatives. 

Dr. Dima El Safadi
Dr. Marwan Osman
Guest Editors

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  • zoonotic diseases
  • genetic characteristics
  • pathogenic mechanisms
  • host–pathogen interactions
  • transmission dynamics
  • disease emergence
  • One Health approach

Published Papers

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Planned Papers

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