Tian (Tina) Wang, PhD
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Phone: (409) 772-3146
Education: PhD, 2000, University of
Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
BS, 1992, Anhui University, Hefei, Anhui, China
Overview: Flavivirus, West Nile Encephalitis, Immunity, Vaccines and anti viral agents
Dr. Wang's research focuses on understanding of immune response to West Nile virus infection in protection and pathogenesis. West Nile virus, a vector-borne pathogen, has resulted in annual outbreaks of viral encephalitis in North America since 1999.
Using murine infection model, her current work explores immune factors contributing to the development of long-lasting protective immunity against West Nile virus. Aging is a known risk factor for West Nile virus induced encephalitis. The decline
in immunity seen in the elderly is one of the significant contributors to the increased risk of infection. Her lab also studies whether the dysfunction of immune factors in aged mice leads to a defective adaptive immunity.
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