Barry Rockx, PhD
Departments of Pathology and Microbiology
Phone: (409) 266-6904
Fax: (409) 266-6810
Education: PhD, 2004, Graduate School of Animal Health, Utrecht, The Netherlands
MSc, 1998, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
BS, 1997, Hogeschool West-Brabant, Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
processing; T-cell presentation; mucosal immunity; H. pylori,inflammatory bowel disease, gastric cancer, peptic ulcer disease.
Dr. Rockx’s research interests are focused on virus-host interactions,molecular pathogenic mechanisms, and the host responses followingemerging high containment virus infection. His research will focus onthe development and characterization
of in vivo and in vitro models ofHendra (HeV) and Nipah virus (NiV) infection. HeV and NiV are twomembers of the genus Henipavirus (family Paramyxoviridea) that causerespiratory illness and encephalitis in humans and a variety of othermammals.
The goal of these projects is to understand how these virusesinfect the respiratory tract and spread to the central nervous systemand to identify differences in routes of transmission and pathogenesisbetween different HeV and NiV strains.
A second area of interest is the development and testing of broadlyprotective therapeutics. The high mutation rate and heterogeneity ofemerging zoonotic viruses is a major problem in developing therapeuticsand therefore a key objective
is the development of broadlycross-reactive reagents that will maximize the likelihood of protectionagainst unknown future strain variants.
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