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Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - PCOM Georgia 
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Valerie E. Cadet is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her PhD in infectious diseases studying the basic virology and immunology of orthopoxviruses. She utilized genome-wide RNA interference screening, small molecule library screening and a murine animal model to examine the modulation of poxvirus replication and viral gene expression along with target identification and validation for potential therapeutic interventions.


  • PhD, Infectious Diseases, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2012
  • BS, Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2003


Dr. Cadet’s current research interests lie in the identification and characterization of antibiotic-producing microbes obtained from soil; the modulation of coagulation by influenza virus; vaccine efficacy, complications and perceptions; and more broadly, novel approaches to the treatment of Type 1 diabetes and hypothyroid disease. Her teaching focuses primarily on the immune system, mechanisms of host defense, virology, bacteriology and general microbiological therapeutic interventions.


She is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Association of Immunologists, American Society for Virology, American Society for Microbiology, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators.


Volunteer and Leadership Activities
  • Associate Editor, MOJ Immunology (MOJI), Med Crave Group
  • School Council Representative, Local Middle School, Gwinnett County
  • Educational Legislative Chair, Local High School, Gwinnett County
  • Judge, Science and Engineering Fairs, local and statewide