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The Division of Genomic Epidemiology and Clinical Outcomes (GECO) is one of the fastest-growing and largest divisions within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. GECO houses nationally-known experts in infectious diseases and genomic epidemiology. Members of the division include physicians who direct Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the VA Maryland Healthcare System, as well as researchers from the Institute of Genome Sciences.

A robust, energetic, and collegial work culture drives this division to work as a team to bring in fruitful research and continuous funding. The research interests of the group are diverse but have at their core the study of infectious diseases and metagenomics. Research projects are multidisciplinary involving collaborators in microbiology, human genetics, health informatics, economics, mathematics and statistics. Members of the division are heavily engaged in multicenter studies in infection control and genomics. There are national and international projects ongoing in Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Gambia, Kenya, India, Mali and Switzerland.

Division members have been successful in obtaining career development and research grants including over 18 million dollars in active funding from the Veterans Administration (VA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).