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The Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (LIDE) is an interagency collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service. As a research laboratory, LIDE’s roles in research-based collaborations range from developing research questions and experimental designs to analyzing samples and interpreting data.

Who we are

LIDE is an interagency effort between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) that collaborates with public agencies and academic researchers to inform decision-makers and advance scientific knowledge.

Current LIDE staff:


What we do

LIDE performs research on the occurrence, fate and transport, and health effects of human and agricultural zoonotic pathogens in the environment. Learn more about our capabilities.

Chart showing the three LIDE research questions: occurrence, transport, and health effects
The Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (LIDE) approaches every study by formulating research questions from three basic perspectives—what is the occurrence, fate and transport, and health effects of pathogens in the environment?


Working with LIDE

LIDE collaborates with public agencies, academic institutions, and other scientists.  Whether executing an entire project to address a research question or contributing to a larger research effort, LIDE works cooperatively or independently on all aspects of the research process.

Developing a research question:   LIDE develops research questions by identifying the relevant concept or problem and then defining the project scope and objectives.

Designing an experiment:    LIDE develops an experimental design that achieves objectives, identifies design aspects that add scientific value, and ensures feasibility through knowledge of methodologies.

Executing a project:    LIDE performs sample collection and analysis, and also provides training and technical support for collaborators to do so.

Interpreting data:    LIDE’s subject-matter expertise provides context for results. LIDE also offers support for data interpretation, analysis, and management.

Communicating results:    LIDE produces its own publications and also supports collaborator’s communication products by providing information, data, or figures.

Please contact Mark (USDA) or Joel (USGS) to learn more about partnering with LIDE.