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02 July 2014: Cover Art - Viral Immunology

A collaborative study between COBRE investigators and researchers at Korea University has been published as the cover story in the August 2014 issue of Viral Immunology. The cover art shows the immunohistochemical detection of host glial fibrillary acidic protein and viral N protein in the brains of…

04 June 2014: Cover Art - Journal of Virology

The discovery of hantavirus RNA in archival tissues from the Geata mouse shrew (Myosorex geata) and Kilimanjaro mouse shrew (Myosorex zinki) captured in Tanzania has been selected for the cover of the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Virology. As in earlier reports of previously unrecognized shrew-…

29 April 2014: microRNAs in West Nile Virus-Infected Mice

To determine whether miRNAs play a role in West Nile virus (WNV) neuropathogenesis, we evaluated WNV-infected mice brains for the expression profile of miRNAs, their potential functions and their correlation with genes involved in inflammatory pathways. Our data demonstrate that WNV infection modula…

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Recent Publications
MBio, 2014, The characterization of RNA viruses in tropical seawater using targeted PCR and metagenomics.
Culley AI, Mueller JA, Belcaid M, Wood-Charlson EM, Poisson G, Steward GF.

Marine plankton account for much of the photosynthesis and respiration on our planet, and they influence the cycling of carbon and the distribution of nutrients on a global scale. Despite the fundamental importance of viruses to plankton ecology and evolution, most of the viruses in the sea, and the…

Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2014, Burkholderia pseudomallei type G in Western Hemisphere.
Gee JE, Allender CJ, Tuanyok A, Elrod MG, Hoffmaster AR.

Burkholderia pseudomallei isolates from the Western Hemisphere are difficult to differentiate from those from regions in which melioidosis is traditionally endemic. We used internal transcribed spacer typing to determine that B. pseudomallei isolates from the Western Hemisphere are consistently type…

Viral Immunology, 2014, Hantaviruses induce antiviral and pro-inflammatory innate immune responses in astrocytic cells and the brain.
Shin OS, Song GS, Kumar M, Yanagihara R, Lee HW, Song JW.

Although hantaviruses are not generally considered neurotropic, neurological complications have been reported occasionally in patients with hemorrhagic fever renal syndrome (HFRS). In this study, we analyzed innate immune responses to hantavirus infection in vitro in human astrocytic cells (A172) an…

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Seminars & Events
05 June 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
David M. Morens, M.D.

A History of Contagion

02 May 2014, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Theresa Russell

Single Cell Genomics Seminar: Cutting Edge Microfluidic Tools Defy the Law of Averages by Enabling Resolution at the Single Cell Level

23 April 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Richard Yanagihara, M.D.

Hantavirus Hunting Beyond the Lamp Post

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15 March 2013, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Robert Bowers, Ph. D.

Using QIIME for Microbial Community Analysis

13 November 2012, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pawel Michalak, Ph.D.


08 November 2012, 1:00 PM
Mirja Wine, Ph.D.

Considerations for Monitoring Immune Cells by Flow Cytometry, Signal Transduction Pathways, Intracellular Proteins, and Tetramers

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Recent Grants
NIH/NIAID, R01AI110769 Mature Virus-like Particles as a New Strategy for Dengue Virus Vaccines
04/01/2014 - 03/31/2019
NIH/NIAID, R21AI105286 Defining Immunity to Placental Malaria using a Multi-assay Predictive Model
03/01/2014 - 02/28/2016
NIH/NIMHD, T37MD008636 International Biomedical Research Training for Hawaiian & Pacific Island Students
12/01/2013 - 11/30/2018
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