Rose Langsjoen, Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Researcher
Summary of Research Interests/Projects:
My primary interests are in translational science and virology, which essentially amounts to the prevention, diagnosis, clinical characterization, and treatment of viral diseases. Currently, I am investigating novel methods of attenuation for various virus families, including alphaviruses, flaviviruses, and picornaviruses, as well as the role of poly-A tail length in viral replication.
I graduated cum laude with my Bachelor of Arts in 2010 from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN where I majored in biology and honored with a minor in religion. I took a brief hiatus to fill out my coursework at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities while tutoring at Huntington Learning Center before matriculating into the then-newly formed Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX in summer 2011. My graduate work, under the supervision of Dr. Scott Weaver, focused on the translational aspects of chikungunya virus infection, including epidemiology study of an outbreak in the Caribbean, the pathogenesis of CHIKV infection in animal models, and the development of the host chaperone protein disulfide isomerase and its regulators as potential antiviral drug targets. After receiving my PhD in the fall of 2016, Andrew hired me as a postdoctoral scientist to carry out his work regarding virus/host recoding.