Our laboratory focuses on development of vaccines against highly pathogenic viruses filoviruses Ebola and Marburg and on investigation of mechanisms of their high pathogenicity. Our research includes the following specific topics:
To get insight into these scientific topics, we are using molecular tools, including reverse genetics (i.e. development of genetically modified Ebola viruses from the DNA-copies of their genomes) and immunological tools, including multi-color flow cytometry. The number of collaborations have been established, that includes: Dr. Sergei Nekhai (Howard University), on development of small molecule inhibitors of filovirus replication; Dr. Peter Collins (NIAID, NIH) on development of respiratory mucosal vaccines; Dr. Tom Geisbert (Depertment of Microbiology, UTMB) on testing of protection efficacy of the mucosal vaccines in a primate model; Dr. Chris Basler (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY) and Dr. Tom Geisbert on investigation of the role of an interferon antagonist protein in pathogenicity of Ebola virus; Dr. Alex Freiberg on testing of anti-vitals.
Our research includes experiments in a BSL-2 lab in the Keiller Building, and in BSL-4 lab of the Galveston National Laboratory.