UTMB Home Pathology Education Experimental Pathology Graduate Program Student Directory Experimental Pathology Graduate Program Student Directory Student Directory Maria (Lola) Alcorn × Maria (Lola) Alcorn Research Interests My research focuses on the characterization of mutations made in the envelope protein of West Nile virus, and their role in pathogensis. Nathen Bopp × Nathen Bopp Research Interests My research focuses of the molecular mechanisms of innate immune evasion of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome virus (SFTS virus) as well as the innate immune evasion of other arthropod-borne viruses. Emily Davis × Emily Davis McLaughlin Scholar Research Interests I am interested in the role of yellow fever virus structural proteins in virulence and the molecular determinants of attenuation of the yellow fever vaccine strain 17D. Allen Esterly × Allen Esterly Steven Hallam × Steven Hallam McLaughlin Scholar Research Interests My research will focus on genetic determinants of pathogenesis for hemorrhagic arenaviruses, with a focus on live attenuated vaccine development. Hoai J. (Jaclyn) Ly × Hoai J. (Jaclyn) Ly Research Interests I am interested in Rift Valley Fever virus MP-12 vaccine with silent mutation markers for reassortment and recombination analyses between RVFV strains and other bunyaviruses. Elizabeth Mateer × Elizabeth Mateer Research Interests My research is focused on the pathogenesis of pathogenic arenavirus infections utilizing animal models and the interaction between pathogenic arenavirus and the host innate immune response. Megan Mears × Megan Mears McLaughlin Scholar Kubra Naqvi × Kubra Naqvi Research Interests My research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of lung inflammation during tuberculosis and HIV co-infection. Jacob Nelson × Jacob Nelson Research Interersts My interests are focused on neuropathogenesis of viral infections. I am focusing my research on neurotropic flaviviruses, specifically tick-borne encephalitis virus. Madison Rogan × Madison Rogan Presidential Scholar Research Interests My research is focused on understanding how the obligately intracellular bacterium, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, exploits evolutionary host cell signaling pathways to enter and evade innate host defenses of the mononuclear phagocyte. Adam J. Ronk × Adam J. Ronk McLaughlin Scholar Research Interests My research focuses on filovirus replication and transcription. Effects of the innate immune response and viral interferon antagonism on filovirus polymerase function. Comparative immunology of pteropoid fruit bats in the context of filovirus infection. Rachel Sattler × Rachel Sattler Presidential Scholar Research Interests My research is focused on the pathogenesis and sequelae of hemorrhagic arenavirus infections as well as the development of live attenuated vaccine candidates. Ashley Strother × Ashley Strother Research Interests I am interested in determinants of attenuation in flaviviruses, particularly in regards for use in live attenuated vaccines. Rebecca Supan × Rebecca Supan Brandon Trent × Brandon Trent Presidential Scholar Research Interests My research will focus on Immune response to Orientia tsutsugamushi. I am interested in novel immune cell signaling pathways that regulate inflammation during infection with pathogens.