Kent Tseng, PhD

Dr. Tseng's research interests include pathogenesis of emerging and re-emerging RNA viruses; innate antiviral signaling pathways against viral infections; immune evasion of RNA viruses Cytokines and inflammation; and antivirals and vaccine strategies against RNA virusses of host innate immunity. His primary research is focused on understanding how RNA viruses trigger the host immune responses and how animals defend against emerging and re-emerging viruses.

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SCVD at 4th Vaccine and International Society for Vaccines Annual Global Congress in Vienna, Austria

SCVD booth at the NFID 15th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research in Baltimore, Maryland, May 7-9, 2012.
Back Row (left to right): Tetsuro Ikegami, PhD, DVM; Dennis Trent, PhD; Trevor Brasel, PhD; Alexey Seregin; Sabarish Indran, PhD; Front Row (left to right): Richard Rupp, MD; Jingya Xia; Alvah Cass, MD, SM; Kwabena Sarpong, MD, MPH; Alan Barrett, PhD; Olga Lihoradova, PhD and Bridget Hawkins, PhD

SCVD at 4th Vaccine and International Society for Vaccines Annual Global Congress in Vienna, Austria

Dr. Olga Lihorodova accepts the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award.

SCVD Co-Sponsored the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID’s) 15th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

The SCVD co-sponsored the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID’s) 15th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, held in Baltimore, MD on May 7-9, 2012. This meeting attracted 300 participants including SCVD sponsored trainees and faculty to attend this conference. We held an abstract competition for trainees in January and received many excellent applications from graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. Jingya Xia, a graduate student in Dr. Gregg Milligan’s laboratory, presented her research titled: “Deficiency of TLR3 and MyD88-dependent signalling impairs T and B cell responses to a live attenuated single cycle vaccine”. Dr. Olga Lihoradova, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Tetsuro Ikegami’s lab, presented her research entitled, “Characterization of Rift Valley fever MP-12 vaccine encoding the NSs gene derived from other phleboviruses”. Congrats to her for winning the prestigious Maurice R. Hilleman Early Stage Career Investigator Award at this year’s NFID meeting! The Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award memorializes the lifetime achievements of Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman in the field of vaccinology and provides $10,000 to support research activities at the awardee’s institution as well as a travel stipend and complimentary registration to attend the following year’s Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.

We also staffed an information booth in the exhibition hall, providing an opportunity to inform the attendees about SCVD.  Bridget E. Hawkins, PhD, and Richard E. Rupp, MD, provided information about vaccine-related research, education and clinical trials being undertaken at UTMB.

SCVD Travel Award Competition for Keystone Symposium

The SCVD held an abstract competition for trainees in July to attend this year’s Keystone Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology: Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination held atthe Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on December 13-18, 2012.

We received many excellent applications from graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. Christie Hay, a graduate student in Dr. Lynn Soong’s laboratory, was awarded a travel award to attend the Keystone Symposium meeting based on her abstract titled “Leishmania Vaccine Development and Protection”. Shivali Gupta, PhD, a postdoctoral scientist in Dr. Nisha Garg’s lab, was also awarded a travel award to attend this meeting for her project “Switching of immune mechanisms elicited by a multi-component DNA-prime/MVA-boost vaccine in response to Trypanosoma cruzi infection and Chagas disease in mice”.

Faculty Awards

Dr. Gregg N. Milligan, Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Senior Scientist for the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, received the James and Vicki McCoy Professorship in Vaccinology on May 11, 2012.


Drs. Bridget Hawkins and Richard Rupp won a President’s Cabinet Award for their project entitled: “Public Vaccine Education Campaign: Enhancing Our Community’s Understanding of the Importance of Vaccines and the Diseases They Prevent”.  This award is to fund a two-year project involving public outreach efforts, podcasts, website content, videos and articles geared towards educating the public about vaccine-preventable diseases and why vaccinations are important.

SCVD Fellowships for Fiscal Year 2013

The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD) sponsors a number of pre- and postdoctoral fellowships and travel award support for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists.

SCVD is proud to announce our continued support for fiscal year 2013 fellows:

Olga KolokoltsovaOlga Kolokoltsova graduated from the Novosibirsk State University in Novosibirsk, Russia with a MS in Cytology and Genetics in 2001. She is currently a first year student in the Experimental Pathology graduate program and is mentored by Slobodan Paessler, DVM, PhD. Olga's proposed research focuses on the mechanism of cell death induction in response to Junin virus and its significance for attenuation of the vaccine strain of Junin virus.

Taslima LinaTaslima Lina graduated from the University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh with a MS in Microbiology in 2006. She is currently a first year student in the Microbiology and Immunology graduate program and is mentored by Victor Reyes, PhD. Taslima's proposed research focuses on the characterization of immune evasion mechanisms used by Helicobacter pylori that could be targets for vaccine design.