• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
  • Associate Dean, School of Public Health
Gerad Cangelosi

University of Washington
4225 Roosevelt Way NE
Box 354695
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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My research focuses on pathogen detection in clinical and environmental samples, and epidemiology of infectious diseases. Working in both the public and private sectors, my research teams have generated 10 patents and over 75 publications in relevant areas including tuberculosis (TB) and related diseases, food- and water-borne pathogens, and COVID-19. These activities share a strong emphasis on translation and global health impact.

Aspects of my research have resulted in diagnostic product launches and company start-ups. Currently we lead two U.S. – South African consortia to validate oral swab analysis (OSA) as a highly novel, non-invasive means to diagnose TB and COVID-19 in adults and children. In other consortia we have developed point-of-care diagnostic devices for TB. I have led or co-led IRB-approved human subject protocols for infectious disease sample acquisition in Washington, Oregon, Florida, Bangladesh, South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya.

I teach Environmental Health courses on environmental change, microbiomes, and environmental pathogens. I have mentored over 25 graduate and undergraduate students

  • PhD (University of California (Davis))
  • BS (Michigan State University)
Country Affiliations 
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Biodefense Infectious Diseases
  • Bioengineering
  • COVID-19
  • Diarrheal Diseases
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Environmental Health (incl. Climate Change)
  • Epidemiology
  • Homelessness
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Oral Health
  • Pathobiology
  • Pulmonary Diseases and Pneumonia
  • Research
  • Respiratory Disease
  • TB
  • Viruses
  • Waterborne Diseases
  • Workforce
  • Zoonotic Diseases and Animal Health
Pathobiology research areas 

Tu YP, Jennings R, Hart B, Cangelosi GA, Wood RC, Wehber K, Verma P, Vojta D, Berke EM. Swabs Collected by Patients or Health Care Workers for SARS-CoV-2 Testing. N Engl J Med. 2020;383(5):494-496. PMID: 32492294.

Tzou CL, Dirac MA, Becker AL, Beck NK, Weigel KM, Meschke JS, and Cangelosi GA (2020). Association between Mycobacterium avium complex pulmonary disease and mycobacteria in home water and soil: A case-control study. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 17:57-62. PMID: 31644315.

Luabeya AK, Wood RC, Shenje J, Filander E, Ontong C, Mabwe S, Africa H, Nguyen FK, Olson A, Weigel KM, Jones-Engel L, Hatherill M, Cangelosi GA (2019). Non-invasive detection of tuberculosis by oral swab analysis. J Clin Microbiol. 57:e01847-18. PMID: 30541931.

Cangelosi GA and Meschke JS (2014). Dead or alive: Molecular assessment of microbial viability. Appl Env Microbiol 80(19):5884-5891. PMID: 25038100

Dirac MA, Horan KL, Doody DR, Meschke JS, Park DR, Jackson LA, Weiss NS, Winthrop KL, Cangelosi GA (2012). Environment or host?: A case-control study of risk factors for Mycobacterium avium complex lung disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 186(7):684-91. PMID: 22859521