Improving Global Health

VTC Researcher in Bangladesh holding baby with motherFaculty researchers at the Vaccine Testing Center (VTC) study human vaccines with the goal of understanding and preventing infectious diseases around the globe. The VTC is in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, which bridges both the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Larner College of Medicine.

Our team is particularly interested in new vaccines with the potential to prevent or control infectious diseases in developing countries. We are a diverse team of clinicians, study coordinators, scientists, and laboratory personnel. Volunteers are critical to our work and our human research studies are designed and performed with rigorous oversight and safety.


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The Vaccine Testing Center's team of scientists and researchers are committed to solving the world’s most pressing infectious disease challenges. Our research spans the translational spectrum from lab-based human immunology to domestic clinical trials to large-scale international field research. Together with national and international collaborators and local volunteers, we help develop vaccines to address global infectious diseases, including rotavirus, cholera, dengue and other flaviviruses. More VTC research.


Cute Mosquitos Ask for Your Help

Want to help your global community? 

We are currently screening healthy adults aged 18–50 for upcoming vaccine research for mosquito-borne viruses. 

To learn more, contact us about this or ongoing pre-study screenings

Volunteers are a critical part of our research and their contributions save lives around the world every day. Thank you! 


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The Translational Global Infectious Disease Research Center (TGIR) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will leverage UVM's substantial existing strengths in global infectious diseases research, complex systems and computational modeling to develop innovative approaches to prevent and control infectious disease. To learn more visit the TGIR website.

Donations to the Vaccine Testing Center support groundbreaking research and clinical trials that improve people's quality of life and overall global health. More

Dr. Benjamin Lee On Kids And Disease Argues For A Careful Return To In-Person Learning

Headshot of Dr. Benjamin LeeVTC Researcher Benjamin Lee, MD recently discussed some of the research on the transmission of COVID-19, by children and return to in-person learning with VPR. To listen to Dr. Lee's interview click here. Dr. Lee and Dr. William V. Raszka, Jr., MD also recently authored a commentary on the subject published in the journal Pediatrics.


VTC Researcher Develops COVID-19 Antibody Test 

Sean Diehl, PhD in lab coat smilingVTC researcher Dr. Sean Diehl  was recently interviewed on WCAX about his lab's development of an accurate, inexpensive, open-source serology test that can be used for large-scale tracking of the Coronavirus. The team is hopeful that the test can eventually be put to good use to help Vermont and other states research and monitor the spread of COVID-19 among their populations.