CBE Seminar - Hameeda Sultana, PhD, ODU
- 04/15/2014 9:00 AM - 04/15/2014 10:00 AM
- IRP2 1st Floor Conference Room
- "Semaphorins as potential therapeutics against vector-borne diseases."
"Semaphorins as potential therapeutics against vector-borne diseases."
Hameeda Sultana, Ph.D.
Center for Molecular Medicine
Department of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 9-10AM
IRP2 First Floor Conference Room
4211 Monarch Way
All are invited
Abstract: Semaphorins are a large family of phylogenetically conserved soluble and membrane bound proteins that functions in linking the immune and nervous system. My previous work has shown that abrogation of Semaphorin7A protects mice from lethal West Nile virus (WNV) infection. Sema7A antibody blocking was therapeutic against the WNV caused pathogenesis and mortality in mice. In this talk, I will provide some insights on the role of Semaphorins in vector-borne diseases in general. The long-term goal of my research laboratory is to address role of Semaphorins as potential candidates for drug discovery, therapeutics and vaccine development to combat several arthropod-borne diseases.