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09 November 2018: Stopping the Sting

The 20-year pursuit of developing effective treatment regimens for box jellyfish envenomation by Angel Yanagihara, a Fulbright Specialist and former COBRE Small Grants Program awardee, is featured in the November 9, 2018 issue of Science.

08 October 2018: Efficacy of A Recombinant Subunit Protein-Based Zika Virus Vaccine

Zika Virus (ZIKV), a virus with no severe clinical symptoms or sequelae previously associated with human infection, became a public health threat following an epidemic in French Polynesia in 2013-2014 that resulted in neurological complications associated with infection. Although no treatment curren…

09 September 2018: Fulbright Specialist Awardee

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…

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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
24 October 2018, 12:00 PM
Kevin Palmer, Ph.D.

How Sri Lanka Eliminated Malaria

23 October 2018, 10:00 AM
Lisa Bellemare

Flow Cytometry Applications Seminar: From Immunophenotyping and Beyond

17 October 2018, 12:00 PM
Dr. Gultekin Tamguney

Peripheral Challenge with Alpha-Synuclein Fibrils Results in Parkinson’s Disease-like Signs in Mice

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17 October 2018, 11:00 AM
Bela Desai, Ph.D.

Improving Protein Detection: Accurate, High-Sensitivity and High-Throughput Analysis of Biomarkers

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

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

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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 - 08/31/2019
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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