AMT Faculty Member

Dennis Bente, DVM, PhD Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology

The goal of Dr. Bente's research is to better understand the transmission and pathogenesis of tick‐borne hemorrhagic fever viruses and to develop countermeasures to combat the disease. The intersection between arbovirology and hemorrhagic fever research requires an interdisciplinary approach, involving virology (classical techniques as well as molecular techniques such as reverse genetics), immunology (human and animal models), and tick physiology. Dr. Bente's is the first laboratory in the world to establish a tick‐host transmission model in a BSL-4 setting. A number of collaborations have been established with other virologists at UTMB, including Drs. Alan Barrett, Thomas Ksiazek, David Beasley, Alexander Freiberg and Thomas Geisbert, that include studies on Crimean‐Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, Kyasanur forest disease virus, Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever virus, and West‐Nile virus.

Learner Types: GSBS Master's/Doctoral , JSSOM - Medical Students - Pre-Clerkship, Faculty/Educator Development , Undergraduate/College Students.

Assessment of Learners: Exam Software, Test-Analysis, Test-Writing , Feedback to Learners.

Assessment of Learners: CV Development.

Curriculum: Curriculum Design.

Instructional Methods: Audience Response Systems, Blackboard Courses, Case-Based Teaching, Flipped Classroom, Games for Teaching, Interactive Teaching - Large Group, Interactive Teaching - Small Group, Online Teaching/Learning , Problem-based Learning (PBL), Simulation-based Education, Social Media for Learning, Team-Based Learning (TBL), Theater for Education (Medical Improv).

Scholarship - Ed Research or Curriculum Innovation: Poster Development, Presentation Skills.

Special Content: Global Health, Interprofessional Education, Faculty Development - Technology-related.