Research

Following a  Postdoctoral Fellowship in the laboratory of Alexander Freiberg at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, I have moved to Rutgers University. In Brian Daniels’ lab we study the immune response to infectious and sterile injury to the Central Nervous System.

At UTMB, our lab studies encephalitic and hemorrhagic viruses at BSL-2, 3 and 4. My projects included Nipah, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, West Nile Fever, and Marburg viruses. They range from animal model development, drug discovery, neurovirology and immunology.

I have extensive experience in the culture of mammalian viruses, having helped develop drug screening assays at BSL-2, 3, and 4. My particular interests are in the application of novel cell models to viral pathogenesis studies to understand the interplay of natural reservoir hosts and viruses and how that differs during spillover events. I am interested in he evolution of viruses both in cell culture and in vivo models.