Let’s Meet the Virologists

Let’s Meet the Virologists

Meet the people behind today’s virology headlines. People just like you working to understand viruses and how they affect you. Host: Larissa Thackray, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases

Episodes

June 24, 2023 11 mins

We talk with May Wang, a graduate student in the Rasmussen lab at North Carolina State University, who studies the fitness dynamics of plant viruses.

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We talk with Dr. Pedro Jiménez, an Assistant Professor in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, who's lab focuses the ecology of avian influenza in Chile and South America.

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We talk with Tyshawn Ferrell, a graduate student in the Neufeldt and Piantadosi labs at Emory University, who studies how previous exposure alters dengue virus evolution.

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We talk with Jono Abshier, a graduate student in the Stedman lab at Portland State University, who studies viruses that infect archaea that live in volcanic hotsprings.

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We talk with Dr. Rohit Jangra, an assistant professor at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, who's lab focuses on identifying novel host receptors for hantaviruses.

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We talk with Dr. Paul Rivarez, a postdoctoral researcher in the Rasmussen lab at North Carolina State University, who uses genomic epidemiology to define risks that determine the spread of plant viruses.

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We talk with Oluwatola Femi-Olatunji, a master's student in the Hilliard lab at Georgia State University, who is studying the mechanism of action of novel antiviral compound against Zika virus. 

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We talk with Andres Rivera Ruiz, a graduate student in the Wobus lab at the University of Michigan Medical School, who uses intestinal organoids to study astroviruses.

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We talk with Dr. Christine Marizzi, Director of Community Science in Harlem, who works with BioBus and New York City Virus Hunters to facilitate K-12 and college students to discover, explore, and pursue science.

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We talk with Dr. Danielle Campbell, a postdoctoral scholar in the Baldridge lab at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who uses RNA viruses to understand RNA biology.

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We talk with Dr. Inna Ricardo Lax, a postdoctoral scholar in the Rice lab at The Rockefeller University, who uses RNA viruses to understand RNA biology.

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We talk with Isabella Asamoah, a research assistant at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Ghana, who is determining the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana.

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We talk with Dr. Dustin Glasner, a postdoctoral scholar in the Daugherty lab at University of California San Diego, who studies the interactions between viruses and the innate immune system.

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We talk with Austin Robertson, a graduate student in the LeBeau lab at University of Wisconsin - Madison, who uses phage display libraries of shark antibodies to develop new antiviral therapeutics.

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We talk with Dr. Laura St Clair, a postdoctoral scholar in the Klein lab at John Hopkins University, who studies how the intersection between metabolism, biological sex, and immunology drive differences in the host response to vaccination and virus infection.

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We talk with Dillon McBride, a graduate student in the Bowmen lab at the Ohio State University, and Dr. Leonardo Caserta, a postdoctoral associate in the Diel lab at Cornell University, about their work on white-tailed deer as a reservoir for emerging and historical strains of SARS-CoV-2.

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We talk with Dr. Marc Johnson, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and Mitchell (Mitch) Ramuta, a graduate student in the O'Connor laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about the potential applications of their work using wastewater and air surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses.

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We talk with Dr. Vishwanatha (Vishi) Reddy, a senior postdoctoral fellow in the Broadbent lab at the Pirbright Institute, who studies immunosuppressive avian viruses.

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We talk with Madison Gray, a first-year graduate student at the University of Texas Medical Branch, who is using bioinformatics and AI to discover new therapeutics for pathogenic viruses.

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We talk with William Rodriguez, a graduate student in the Muller lab at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, who studies host transcripts that escape RNA decay mediated by herpes virus infection.

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