Elena Sbrana, M.S., Ph.D.

Elena Sbrana, M.S., Ph.D.

Instructor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology;
Department of Pathology-Autopsy Division

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd,
Galveston, TX 77555-0747

Office: (409) 747-0476
Fax: (409) 772-9350

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Elena Sbrana, M.S., Ph.D.

Professional Education

Degree Institution Field of Study Graduation Year
Ph.D. University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Tx Pathology 2006
M.S. University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy Chemistry 2000


2006 Applied/clinical researcha ward, Department of Pathology,
University of Texas Medical Branch
2003 European Society for Clinical Virology Travel Grant, ESCV 2003,
Lyon, France

Professional Affiliations

2010-Present Member, UTMB Institutional Review Board
2009-Present Participant, UTMB "Scholars in Education" Program

Research Interests

Autopsy pathology, infectious diseases pathology, pulmonary pathology. Current studies focus on infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sepsis and septic shock syndrome, and complications of pregnancy including pre-term labor, pre-eclampsia and stillbirth.

Selected Publications

  1. Grant A.M., Sbrana E., Popov V., Wakabayashi M., Schlunegger K., Freidmark B., Brideau-Andersen A., Peters C.J. "Binding of phosphatidylserine targeting antibodies to Junin virions and infected cells" Lupus 19: 510 (2010)
  2. Mateus J.F., Goharkhay N., Longo M., Saade G.R., Moss J.E., Sbrana E. "Placental histopathology in mild versus severe hypertensive disorders in pregnancy: Implications for feto-placental perfusion" Am. J. Obst. Gynecol., 199: S215 (2008)
  3. Moss J.E., Mateo R.I., Hawkins H.K., Goharkhay N., Longo M., Saade G.R., Aronson J.F., Sbrana E. "Etiologic agents isolated in cases of fatal neonatal sepsis" Reproductive Sciences, 15: 693 (2008)
  4. Moss J.E., Hawkins H.K., Longo M., Saade G.R., Aronson J.F., Sbrana E. "Leading Causes of Intra-Uterine Fetal Demise in an Autopsy Case Series" Reproductive Sciences, 15: 700 (2008)
  5. 5. Li G., Wang N., Guzman H., Sbrana E., Yoshikawa T., Tseng C., Tesh R.B., Xiao S.Y. Dhori Virus (Orthomyxoviridae: Thogotovirus) Infection of Mice Produces a Disease and Cytokine Response Pattern Similar That of Highly Virulent Influenza A (H5N1) virus infection in humans. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 78(4): 675 (2008).
  6. Sbrana E., Moss J.E., Longo M., Saade G.R. "Association between maternal laboratory values and placental pathology findings in stillborns" Am. J. Obst. Gynecol., 197: 108 (2007).
  7. Goharkhay N., Sbrana E., Gamble P.K., Tamayo E.H., Betancourt A., Villarreal K., Hankins G.D.V., Saade G.R., Longo M. Characterization of a murine model of fetal programming of atherosclerosis. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 197: 416.e1-e5 (2007).
  8. Sbrana E., Xiao S.Y., Newman P., Tesh R. Comparative pathology of North American and Central African strains of Monkeypox virus in a ground squirrel model of the disease. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 76: 155-164 (2007).
  9. Sbrana E., Jordan R., Hruby D., Mateo R., Xiao S.Y., Siirin M., Newman P., Travassos da Rosa A., Tesh R. Efficacy of the antipoxvirus compound ST-246 for the treatment of severe orthopoxvirus infection. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 76: 768-773 (2007).
  10. Sbrana, E., Xiao, S.Y., Popov, V.L., Newman, P.C., Tesh, R.B. Experimental yellow fever virus infection in the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) III. Clinical laboratory values. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 74: 1084 (2006).
  11. Sbrana, E., Mateo, R.I., Xiao, S.Y., Popov, V.L., Newman, P.C., Tesh, R.B. Clinical laboratory, virologic and pathologic changes in hamsters experimentally infected with pirital virus (arenaviridae): a rodent model of Lassa fever. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 74:1096 (2006).
  12. Sbrana E., Tonry J., Xiao S.Y., Travassos da Rosa A.P.A., Higgs S., and Tesh R.B. "Oral transmission of West Nile Virus in a hamster model" Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.,72: 325 (2005).
  13. Xiao, S.Y., Sbrana, E., Watts, D.M., Siirin, M., Travassos da Rosa, A.P.A., Tesh, R.B. Experimental Infection of Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) with Monkeypox Virus, Emerg. Inf. Dis. 11: 539 (2005).
  14. Sbrana E., Paladini A., Bramanti E., Spinetti M.C., Raspi G., "Quantitation of reduced glutathione and cysteine in HIV-infected patients" Electrophoresis 25: 1522 (2004).
  15. Sbrana E., Bramanti E., Spinetti M.C., Raspi G., "SAM/SAH ratio determination by capillary electrophoresis employed as a monitoring tool for adenosine analogs antiviral effectiveness" Electrophoresis 25: 1518 (2004).
  16. Sbrana E., Xiao S.Y., Guzman H., Ye M., Travassos da Rosa A.P.A., Tesh R., "Efficacy of post-exposure treatment of yellow fever with ribavirin in a hamster model of the disease", Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 71: 306 (2004).
  17. Tesh R.B., Watts D.M., Sbrana E., Siirin M., Popov V.L., and Xiao S.Y. "Experimental Infection of Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus) with Monkeypox Virus" Emerging Infectious Diseases, 10: 1563 (2004).
  18. Sbrana E., Bramanti E., Spinetti M.C., Raspi G. "Viral infectious diseases diagnosis and monitoring by capillary electrophoresis-based assays" Infection, 30: 33 (2002).
  19. Sbrana E., Spinetti M.C., Raspi G., "Bubble extraction and affinity chromatography techniques for human trypsin inhibitors enrichment and purification" Polyhedron, 21: 1475 (2002).