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03 April 2016: COBRE Small Grants Program - New Requirement

The COBRE Small Grants Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been revised. A new requirement has been added, in response to a recommendation made recently by the COBRE External Advisory Committee. The new requirement states: Budgets for proposed projects must indicate costs for specific…

16 March 2016: 2016 AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grant

Dr. Mukesh Kumar, who serves as the Associate Director of the COBRE Biocontainment Core, has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grant to present his research, entitled Expression and regulatory effects of Schlafen genes in flavivirus infection, at the annual mee…

01 January 2016: COBRE Small Grants Program

The purpose of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Small Grants Program is to provide support via three funding mechanisms to University of Hawaii (UH) faculty engaged in research in microbiology, immunology, emerging infectious diseases and tropical medicine. However, research pro…

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Recent Publications
Immunogenetics, 2016, Characterization of class II beta chain major histocompatibility complex genes in a family of Hawaiian honeycreepers: 'amakihi (Hemignathus virens).
Jarvi SI, Bianchi KR, Farias ME, Txakeeyang A, McFarland T, Belcaid M, Asano A.

Hawaiian honeycreepers (Drepanidinae) have evolved in the absence of mosquitoes for over five million years. Through human activity, mosquitoes were introduced to the Hawaiian archipelago less than 200¬†years ago. Mosquito-vectored diseases such as avian malaria caused by Plasmodium relictum and Avi…

Infection Genetics and Evolution , 2016, Genetic variants of Cao Bang hantavirus in the Chinese mole shrew (Anourosorex squamipes) and Taiwanese mole shrew (Anourosorex yamashinai).
Gu SH, Arai S, Yu HT, Lim BK, Kang HJ, Yanagihara R.

To determine the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of Cao Bang virus (CBNV) and to ascertain the existence of CBNV-related hantaviruses, natural history collections of archival tissues from Chinese mole shrews (Anourosorex squamipes) and Taiwanese mole shrews (Anourosorex yamashinai), ca…

Scientific Reports, 2016, Identification and preliminary characterization of chemosensory perception-associated proteins in the melon fly Bactrocera cucurbitae using RNA-seq.
Elfekih S, Chen CY, Hsu JC, Belcaid M, Haymer D.

An investigation into proteins involved in chemosensory perception in the melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae) is described here using a newly generated transcriptome dataset. The melon fly is a major agricultural pest, widely distributed in the Asia-Pacific region and some parts …

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Seminars & Events
09 May 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Indi Trehan, MD, MPH, DTM&H

Improving the Understanding of Childhood Malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa

29 March 2016, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Diane E. Griffin, M.D., Ph.D., Richard J. Kuhn, Ph.D., Mukesh Kumar, Ph.D., Axel T. Lehrer, Ph.D.

2016 COBRE Mini-Symposium

03 February 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Beth-Ann Coller, Ph.D.

Clinical Development of a Recombinant Ebola Vaccine in the Midst of an Unprecedented Outbreak

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01 March 2016, 10:00 AM
Robert Durruthy-Durruthy, Ph.D.

Molecular and Cellular Immunology Core and Fluidigm Corporation Seminar: Single Cell Genomics Cutting Edge Microfluidic Tools Defy the Law of Averages by Enabling Resolution at the Single Cell Level

22 June 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Monday and Tuesday)

Software Carpentry Workshop

03 February 2015, 9:30 AM
Bela Desai, Ph.D.

Principles of Flow Cytometry and Applications

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Recent Grants
NIH/NIAID, R01AI119185 Defining a Protective Ebola Vaccine in Non-human Primates
08/28/2015 - 07/31/2019
Hawaii Community Foundation, 15ADVC-75878 West Nile Virus NS2B-NS3 Heterodimer as a Potential Target for Antiviral Drug Development
07/15/2015 - 01/14/2017
Department of Defense, U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisitions Administration, W81XWH-15-R-0015 US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Requirement to Develop, Produce and Deploy MAGPIX-Based Immunoassays
07/13/2015 - 07/12/2016
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