Valerie E. Cadet, PhD | PCOM Georgia Osteopathic Medicine Faculty
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Assistant Dean of Health Equity Integration
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Valerie E. Cadet, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at PCOM Georgia in Suwanee. In addition, she serves as the Director of Health Equity Curricular Initiatives for the PCOM osteopathic medicine programs.

She teaches biomedical science and osteopathic medicine students about virology, emerging infections, animal to human infections, vaccines, the immune system and general and infectious disease epidemiology.

Dr. Cadet earned a doctorate degree in infectious diseases from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research focused on the immune system, vaccines and viruses, specifically poxviruses, influenza, RSV, coronaviruses and other respiratory viruses.

Techniques she utilized include viral genome-wide RNA interference, small molecule library screening, and mouse models to examine the modulation of poxvirus replication and gene expression. Additionally, through assessment of immune responses to potential therapeutic interventions, she identified and validated vaccine targets.

Dr. Cadet has furthered her virology and vaccine expertise by co-leading PCOM Georgia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Project. In addition, she has published a paper about the use of poxviruses in cancer therapy, while maintaining collaborations with vaccine and virus researchers.


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


Dr. Cadet’s current research interests are in assessing interventions to reduce vaccine hesitancy among both the general public and healthcare providers, as well as in exploring the role of hygiene and other factors in COVID-19 infection and mortality rates globally.


  • International Society for Vaccines
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • International Society for Infectious Diseases
  • Association for Prevention Teaching and Research


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