IMV Executive Assistant
tel. (612) 624-1926
fax. (612) 625-1108
18-242 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Ph.D, Yale University, 2002
We study the structural basis for the invasion and replication mechanisms of human viral pathogens.
Using SARS coronavirus, Avian Influenza orthomyxovirus, and Ebola filovirus as sample species, we ask three questions. First, how do viruses recognize their receptors when invading host cells? Second, once inside the host cells, how do viruses replicate themselves? Third, how can we inhibit the invasion and replication of viruses? We address these questions using X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, molecular biology, and protein biochemistry.
Our research primarily targets two proteins: the glycoproteins on the viral surface that guide cell entry, and the polymerases that replicate viral genomes inside cells.
'Wisc-e-sota', a Joint UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium was first held on Friday, Sepbember 20th, 2013 at the Uniiversity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Cartwright Center. This was the inaugural collaborative symposium of the NIH T32-supported virology training programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Talks and poster sessions were presented by students, postdocs and faculty. The second UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium will be held in the Fall 2014. Details to follow.
The 2014 IMV Symposium will be held on May 12, 2014 and Mark Denison (Vanderbilt) and Bert Semler (UC-Irvine) will be the Keynote Speakers. Click on the link below to register and submit abstracts.
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