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09 September 2018: Fulbright Specialist Awardee
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A former COBRE Small Grants Program award recipient, Angel Yanagihara, one of the world’s foremost experts on jellyfish envenomation, is currently serving a six-week assignment as a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Specialist at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is working with her host…


19 March 2018: COBRE Small Grants Program 2018-2019

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 tropical medicine, medical microbiology, immunology, and non-HIV/AIDS emerging infectious diseases….


24 January 2018: Zika Virus Research Featured in Nature Medicine
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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…


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Recent Publications
Scientific Reports, 2018, Immunoprofiles of human Sertoli cells infected with Zika virus reveals unique insights into host-pathogen crosstalk.
Strange DP, Green R, Siemann DN, Gale M Jr, Verma S.

Confirmed reports of Zika virus (ZIKV) in seminal fluid months after clearance of viremia suggests that ZIKV can establish persistent infection in the seminiferous tubules, an immune privileged site of the testis. The seminiferous tubule epithelium is mainly composed of Sertoli cells that function t…


Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2018, Use of urea wash ELISA to distinguish Zika and dengue virus infections.
Tsai WY, Youn HH, Tyson J, Brites C, Tsai JJ, Pedroso C, Drexler JF, Balmaseda A, Harris E, Wang WK.

Serologic testing remains crucial for Zika virus diagnosis. We found that urea wash in a Zika virus nonstructural protein 1 IgG ELISA distinguishes secondary dengue virus infection from Zika virus infection with previous dengue (sensitivity 87.5%, specificity 93.8%). This test will aid serodiagnosis…


Tropical Medicine and Health, 2018, PCR-based detection of Plasmodium falciparum in saliva using mitochondrial cox3 and varATS primers.
Lloyd YM, Esemu LF, Antallan J, Thomas B, Tassi Yunga S, Obase B, Christine N, Leke RGF, Culleton R, Mfuh KO, Nerurkar VR, Taylor DW.

Background: Sampling of saliva for diagnosing Plasmodium falciparum infections is a safe, non-invasive alternative to sampling of blood. However, the use of saliva presents a challenge because lower concentrations of parasite DNA are present in saliva compared to peripheral blood. Therefore, a sensi…


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Seminars & Events
14 May 2018, 12:00 PM
Timothy T. Kuberski, MD, FIDSA
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Eosinophils in the Cerebrospinal Fluid


04 May 2018, 12:00 PM
Barry T. Rouse, Ph.D., D.Sc.
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Immunity or Tissue Damage to Viruses–What Determines the Outcome?


02 May 2018, 12:00 PM
Janis T. Eells, Ph.D.
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Unblinded by the Light: NIR Photobiomodulation in Retinal Disease


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Workshops
21 September 2018, 10:00 AM
Basile Siewe, Ph.D., Technical Specialist

Leverage The Power of Flow Cytometry


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


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Recent Grants
NIH/FIC, 1D71TW010434-01A1 Sustainable Research Training and Capacity Building in Liberia for Emerging Viral Epidemics
09/08/2017 - 08/31/2018
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
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