Despite having some of the smallest genomes known, viruses use complex means of re-structuring the host environment to allow for a productive infection. I am interested in understanding and characterizing virus-host interactions and viral antagonism of host innate immune responses. Specifically, the focus of my lab is to elucidate the mechanisms by which poxviruses antagonize antiviral signaling pathways. By determining the viral proteins involved in modulating these pathways, we will gain a better understanding of how viruses regulate intracellular signaling networks and will identify potential targets for novel antiviral strategies.
In addition to serving as an assistant professor for the department of Biology, I am also associated with Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
- Postdoctoral, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
- Postdoctoral, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
- Ph.D., University of Illinois
- B.A., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Francis and Harlie Clark Graduate Microbiology Research Scholarship
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