The primary focus of the Virus Dynamics and Pathogenesis lab is to elucidate the dynamic and intricate interactions between viral pathogens and hosts toward better understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which host responses to control viral pathogenesis or enhance disease and its transmission. A particular interest of the lab is to collect and translate such information to develop effective next-generation vaccine and antiviral therapeutic strategies.
Long Term Study Goals
A diverse spectrum of enveloped viruses that is currently investigated in the lab includes various types of human and animal influenza viruses (A, B, C, and D) and HIV-1. A multidisciplinary approach consisting of virology, cell and molecular biology, bioinformatics, structural biology, and genetics and evolutionary biology is employed to study these viral pathogens that have a significant impact on human and animal health