Robert W. Cross, PhD, MPH

Robert W. Cross, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Office: Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) 5.200S
Office Phone: (409) 266-6904
Lab: Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) 5.324
Lab Phone: (409) 266-6825
Fax: (409) 266-6810
Mail Route: 0610

Post-doctoral Fellowship
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX
PhD, Molecular Virology and Pathogenesis
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
MPH, Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
Research Interests
Viral hemorrhagic fever pathogenesis, Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, Junin, hantaviruses, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Nipah, vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, systems biology, immunology, animal models, BSL-4, epidemiology and ecology and of emerging viruses
Current Research
Dr. Cross’ research is centered on the biology and pathogenesis of high priority viral agents with a particular emphasis on elucidating mechanisms of vascular leak, coagulopathy, and immune derangement in viral hemorrhagic fever infections caused by filoviruses, arenaviruses, and bunyaviruses. His work utilizes a systems biology, molecular virology, and comparative pathogenesis approaches which utilize in vitro and in vivo models which accurately recapitulate human disease. The goal of this work is to dissect the events leading to disease or survival in order to develop medical countermeasures including vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. Dr. Cross also has a long standing interest in the epidemiology and ecology of these viruses where a particular focus has been centered on mammalian reservoirs of viral infection.
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