Adel Talaat

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Professor || Department of Pathobiological Sciences

(608) 262 – 2861

Office: 337A
Hanson Biomedical Sciences


Dr. Talaat is a microbiologist with a long-term interest in better understanding the pathogenesis and control of emerging infectious diseases.  He received a veterinary and master’s degrees from Cairo University and a Ph.D. from the School of Medicine University of Maryland At Baltimore (UMAB).  Currently, he is a professor of microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His group’s research involves developing new technologies and innovative vaccines against human tuberculosis, bovine tuberculosis and paratuberculosis.  Recently, his group started to utilize nanotechnology to develop effective nanovaccines against avian influenza and coronaviruses (infectious bronchitis virus and Human SARS-CoV-2).

Titles and Education:

2002-Present: Professor of Microbiology
• School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin – Madison

1998-2002: Post doctoral training
• University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

1998: PhD
• University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

1990: MVSc
• Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt

1986: BVSc
• Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt


  • 2002-present: Ad-hoc reviewer for several scientific journals: J. Bacteriology, Infection and Immunity, Vaccines, Molecular Microbiology, Microbiology, PNAC, Nucleic Acid Research, Vet. Microbiology, Vet. Immunology and Pathogen., J. Infect.Dis., Appl. Environ. Microbiol., Diagnostic Microbiol.
    Infect. Dis.
  • 2003-present: Ad-hoc reviewer for grant proposals to National Academy of Science, NIH (Bacterial Pathogenesis, AIDS and AIDA-related Research study sections), USDA (Foundational and Nanotechnology programs).
  • 2004-present: Teaching “Molecular Biology Techniques”, PBS500, 3 credit hrs and averaging 40 students
  • 2006-present: Biology Major, Faculty Member
  • 2006-present: UW-Faculty Senator on behalf of the department of Pathobiological Sciences
  • 2007-present: Associate Editor, Frontiers in Microbiology, BMC-Genomics
  • 2013-present: Associate Editor, Bacteriology ISRN
  • 2019-present: Editor, PlosOne
  • 2020-present: Section Editor, Veterinary Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, German Journal of Veterinary Research.
  • 2021-present: Microbiology Doctoral Training Program Steering Committee Member

Student Mentorship and Training:

  • During the past decade, I have mentored 17 undergraduate, 19 graduate students and 10 post-doctoral fellows in my laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • I have served on the graduate student advisory committee for at least 20 students in Pathology, Microbiology and Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate programs since 2002.
  • Students in my lab have written patents and have numerous opportunities to write for grants.
  • Visit the lab alumni page to learn more about previous students.