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24 January 2018: Zika Virus Research Featured in Nature Medicine

The cover story in the January 2018 issue of Nature Medicine, entitled ‘Puzzling over privilege’, highlights the research on Zika virus by Saguna Verma and her co-workers, published recently in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of Virology.

The recent Zika and Ebola virus epidemics have s…

18 August 2017: Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, under the leadership of Vivek R. Nerurkar, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, has successfully competed for renewed five-year funding for the Northern/Pa…

10 August 2017: Understanding Zika Virus Infection: The Development of an Animal Model

Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne pathogen, which has caused great concern to the international community. Eighty percent of individuals infected with Zika virus present no symptoms, however infection has been linked to development of severe fetal abnormalities including stillbirth and microc…

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Recent Publications
Viruses, 2018, Favipiravir and ribavirin inhibit replication of Asian and African strains of Zika virus in different cell models.
Kim J-A, Seong R-K, Kumar M, Shin OS.

Zika virus (ZIKV) has recently emerged as a new public health threat. ZIKV infections
have caused a wide spectrum of neurological diseases, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, myelitis,
meningoencephalitis, and congenital microcephaly. No effective therapies currently exist for treating patients infe…

Scientific Reports, 2018, Increased susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum in infants is associated with low, not high, placental malaria parasitemia.
Tassi Yunga S, Fouda GG, Sama G, Ngu JB, Leke RGF, Taylor DW.

Risk of malaria in infants can be influenced by prenatal factors. In this study, the potential for placental parasitemia at delivery in predicting susceptibility of infants to Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) infections was evaluated. Seventy-two newborns of mothers who were placental malaria negat…

Molecular Microbiology, 2017, Spatial transcriptomes within the Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm architecture.
Heacock-Kang Y, Sun Z, Zarzycki-Siek J, McMillan IA, Norris MH, Bluhm AP, Cabanas D, Fogen D, Vo H, Donachie SP, Borlee BR, Sibley CD, Lewenza S, Schurr MJ, Schweizer HP, Hoang TT.

Bacterial cooperative associations and dynamics in the biofilm microenvironments are of special interest in recent years. Knowledge of localized gene-expression and corresponding bacterial behaviors within the biofilm architecture at a global scale has been limited, due to a lack of robust technolog…

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Seminars & Events
10 January 2018, 12:00 PM
Keith Dunker, Ph.D.

A Toolkit for Developmental Biology: Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, Alternative Splicing, and Post-translational Modification (IDP-AS-PTM)

19 December 2017, 12:00 PM
Stephany Yi Tzeng, Ph.D.

Non-Viral Gene Delivery: From Regenerative Medicine to Cancer Immunotherapy

11 December 2017, 12:00 PM
Ana Jaklenec, Ph.D.

Single-Injection Vaccines

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30 January 2018, 10:00 AM
Bela Desai, Ph.D.

Principles of Luminex multiplexing technology: The why, how, when, & where of detecting multiple analytes from the same well

25 January 2018, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tim Crawford, Ph.D.

Data Analysis in FlowJo v10 and SeqGeq

21 October 2016, 10:00 AM
Alexandra Gurary, Ph.D.

Attune Nxt Training

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Recent Grants
NIH/OD, R21OD024896 A Guinea Pig Model of Zika Virus Disease
09/01/2017 - 08/31/2019
NIH/FIC, 2D43TW009345-06 Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2022
NIH/NIAID, R01AI132323 Preclinical Development of a Thermostable Trivalent Filovirus Vaccine
06/20/2017 - 05/31/2022
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