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Rafael Campos
MGM Graduate Student

0030 CARL Building
Box 3053 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919-613-8633
Fax: 919-613-8646

Rafael Campos

Research Interest: Virology and viral oncology

I received my degree in Biology from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (PUC-MG), Brazil, in 2011 and did my undergraduate training program at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, from 2008 to 2011. During my training, I had the opportunity to work in two different laboratories: the Virus Laboratory and the Ca2+ Signaling Laboratory, having Jônatas S. Abrahão and Maria F. Leite as my advisors, respectively.

In the Virus Laboratory, I gained experience using molecular biology tools and studied poxviruses and Mimiviruses, helping in the discovery and characterization of previously unknown viruses and hosts. In the Ca2+ signaling laboratory, I helped in developing a treatment for cancer based on intranuclear Ca2+ buffering and in studying how nucleoplasmic reticulum stress alters Ca2+ signaling.

My specific interests whithin virology lie on the interaction of Flavivirus with the human host. The genus Flavivirus comprises single-stranded RNA viruses, most of which are arthropod borne. Many of these viruses can cause high health impacts, and a couple of examples are Yellow Fever virus, which has an extremely high mortality rate; and Dengue virus, which infects millions of people every year in many different countries, and could be expanding towards the US.

While at the Garcia-Blanco Lab, I have the opportunity to study Flavivirus-Human interactions using state of the art techniques. I am utilizing data generated by our lab, with a genome-wide siRNA screen approach, to identify and further study host dependency factors for Yellow fever virus and Dengue virus. 

Besides research, my other passions are soccer and tennis, and I am learning more about the plethora of sports available at Duke, including basketball.


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