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17 November 2020: RADx-UP Adminiistrative Supplement

Funding from the RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, of the National Institutes of Health, will support the Puipuia le Ola project, which seeks to develop, disseminate and evaluate culturally tailored and linguistically appropria…

20 August 2019: Military Health System Research Symposium

Former COBRE Small Grants Program awardee, Angel Yanagihara, attended the Military Health System Research Symposium, held in Kissimmee, Florida, on August 19-21 2019, where she presented findings from a collaborative project, entitled “Lethal Box Jellyfish Envenomation Syndromes”, conducted with Cat…

07 December 2018: Efficacy of A Recombinant Subunit Protein-Based Zika Virus Vaccine in Non-human Primates

Dr. Axel T. Lehrer, a former COBRE Small Grants Program awardee, and his research team have successfully developed a recombinant subunit protein-based vaccine for Zika virus. Previously, he demonstrated that this vaccine was effective in protecting mice from Zika virus challenge. These studies have …

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Recent Publications
Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2020, Risk factors associated with clinical outcomes in 323 COVID-19 hospitalized patients in Wuhan, China
Hu L, Chen S, Fu Y, Gao Z, Long H, Wang J, Ren H, Zuo Y, Li H, Xu Q, Yu W, Liu J, Shao C, Hao J, Wang C, Ma Y, Wang Z, Yanagihara R, Deng Y.

Background: With evidence of sustained transmission in more than 190 countries, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a global pandemic. Data are urgently needed about risk factors associated with clinical outcomes.

Methods: A retrospective review of 323 hospitalized patients with…

Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 2020, Reassortment between divergent strains of Camp Ripley virus (Hantaviridae) in the northern short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda)
Liphardt SW, Kang HJ, Arai S, Gu SH, Cook JA, Yanagihara R

Genomic reassortment of segmented RNA virus strains is an important evolutionary mechanism that can generate novel viruses with profound effects on human and animal health, such as the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009 arising from reassortment of two swine influenza viruses. Reassortment is not restr…

Viruses, 2019, Highly divergent genetic variants of soricid-borne Altai virus (Hantaviridae) in Eurasia suggest ancient host-switching events.
Kang HJ, Gu SH, Yashina LN, Cook JA, Yanagihara R.

With the recent discovery of genetically distinct hantaviruses (family Hantaviridae) in shrews (order Eulipotyphla, family Soricidae), the once-conventional view that rodents (order Rodentia) served as the primordial reservoir hosts now appears improbable. The newly identified soricid-borne hantavir…

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Seminars & Events
01 April 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Beth-Ann Coller, Ph.D.


19 February 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Matthew Medeiros, Ph.D.

Ecological Metacommunity Dynamics of the Mosquito Microbiome and its Relevance to Public Health

29 January 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dennis Grab, Ph.D.

African Trypanosome Interactions with the Human Blood-Barrier: Beyond the Current Paradigm

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06 June 2019, 10:00 AM
Lisa Bellemare


15 February 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Drs. Youping Deng, Mark Menor & Vedbar Khadka

Genome Assembly, Evaluation and Visualization

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

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

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Recent Grants
NIH / NIAID, 1R01AI149502-01 Multiplex Serodiagnostic Assays for Pathogenic Arboviruses in Brazil
06/05/2020 - 05/31/2024
Centers for Disease Control, 1 U01GH002256-01 Epidemiology and Immunity to Ebola Virus and Other Emerging Viral Infections in Liberia
09/30/2019 - 09/29/2024
NIH/FIC, 1D71TW010434-01A1 Sustainable Research Training and Capacity Building in Liberia for Emerging Viral Epidemics
09/08/2017 - 08/31/2019
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