Faculty Research Interest

Professor Biological Sciences

Research Interest: Mathematical epidemiology, ecology of tick-borne diseases; long-term active tick surveillance project in Virginia; math modeling of Lyme disease and rickettsial pathogens.
 

Professor Biological Sciences

Research Interest: Dr. Gauthier performs research on diseases and the disease ecology of aquatic pathogens. His work involves molecular biology, cell biology, genomics, histopathology, and field research. Dr. Gauthier is also involved in molecular ecological studies of ticks and tick-borne pathogens with the Tick Research Group in Biological Sciences.

Professor & Associate Dean For Faculty Affairs Biological Sciences

Research Interest: Microbiology; Tick -Borne Pathogens Tick-Borne Pathogens; on-going tick and pathogen surveillance studies; evaluation of the pathogens present in ticks found in VA. Also the tick's innate immune response; is more than syringes with legs.
 

Research Interest: Immunology; Genomics, Proteomics, and Cancer Immunology.

Associate Professor Biological Sciences

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Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry

Research Interest: Structural Biology; Virology: Development and Application of Structural Biology approaches to medically relevant systems, such as virus replication machinery, and proteins linked to cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Explore The Pascal Laboratory 

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Assistant Professor Biological Sciences

Research Interest: The long term goal of my research program is to produce more effective vaccines, specifically designed with target populations in mind, by understanding the mechanisms of vaccine efficacy in the context of confounding factors. The objectives of my research program will be to improve vaccine efficacy for high-risk and immune-suppressed populations, such as the elderly and helminth-infected, by (1) interrogating the host-parasite-vaccine tripartite relationship, (2) understanding the contribution of the microbiome to vaccine efficacy, and (3) modifying delivery of vaccines and the way in which vaccines interact with the immune system.

Assistant Professor Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Dr. Zhang’s research interests are in the molecular and cellular biology of virus infection. The Zhang's lab focuses on understanding how viruses exploit cellular machinery during intracellular trafficking to cause infection. Our current studies aim to elucidate the connections between cellular transport machinery and the retrograde pathway in human papillomavirus infection.