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


27 July 2017: Awardees of the 2017 COBRE Small Grants Program
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Funding has been awarded to four highly meritorious proposals, submitted in response to the COBRE Small Grants Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

Mukesh Kumar, Ph.D.
In utero Pathogenesis of African and Asian Zika Virus Strains in Guinea Pig

Axel T. Lehrer, Ph.D.
Innate …


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Recent Publications
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…


Malaria Journal, 2017, Detection of Plasmodium falciparum DNA in saliva samples stored at room temperature: potential for a non-invasive saliva-based diagnostic test for malaria.
Mfuh KO, Yunga ST, Esemu LF, Bekindaka ON, Yonga J, Djontu JC, Mbakop CD, Taylor DW, Nerurkar VR, Leke RGF.

Background: Current malaria diagnostic methods require blood collection, that may be associated with pain and the risk of transmitting blood-borne pathogens, and often create poor compliance when repeated sampling is needed. On the other hand, the collection of saliva is minimally invasive; but sali…


Immune Network, 2017, Understanding the pathogenesis of Zika virus infection using animal models.
Krause KK, Azouz F, Shin OS, Kumar M.

Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of Flaviviridae family that has emerged as a pathogen of significant public health importance. The rapid expansion of ZIKV in the South and Central America has recently gained medical attention emphasizing the capacity of ZIKV to spread to non-endemic regions. ZIKV infe…


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Seminars & Events
19 December 2017, 12:00 PM
Stephany Yi Tzeng, Ph.D.
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Non-Viral Gene Delivery: From Regenerative Medicine to Cancer Immunotherapy


11 December 2017, 12:00 PM
Ana Jaklenec, Ph.D.
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Single-Injection Vaccines


10 October 2017, 10:15 AM
Christopher C. Broder, Ph.D.
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Hendra Virus and Nipah Virus Therapy and Vaccine


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

Attune Nxt Training


20 October 2016, 03:30 PM
Alexandra Gurary, Ph.D.

Luminex Acquisition Software Training


20 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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