Graduate Student Directory
0045 CARL Building
Box 3053 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Historically, mosquito-borne disease ravaged coastal North Carolina. Changes in agricultural practices and extensive public health campaigns drove most arboviral infections away, but recently the trend has reversed itself. The vector, an obnoxious backyard mosquito, has established itself in North Carolina. West Nile virus is endemic in our area while dengue virus is marching our direction. No approved vaccines currently exist which target either virus.
I am utilizing the extensive genomic databases recently generated by the Garcia-Blanco lab to identify host genes and systems which are essential for the propagation of yellow fever, dengue and West Nile viruses. I hope to determine the mechanism(s) by which gene products contributed to viral lifecycles and provide new avenues for the design of drugs which target viral infections.
When I am not in the lab, I enjoy exploring the geological and cultural history of North Carolina with my wife and two children.
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