Dr. Adams, currently at Kansas State University Olathe Veterinary
Biomedical Sciences, research interests include viral pathogenesis,
vaccine development, and the development of relevant preclinical animal
models for vaccines and antiviral therapies. As a first line of host
defense, dendritic cells play a critical role in orchestrating the
innate immune response to alphavirus infection. Therefore, she is
interested in the rationale development of dendritic cell-specific
therapies for the enhanced control of alphavirus infections. She is also
interested in elucidating mechanisms of innate immunity that naturally
protect reservoir hosts from severe disease. This work could identify
co-evolved, protective mechanisms that can be used to develop antiviral
therapies and to improve vaccine design. Lastly, she is interested in
the development of relevant animal models for testing vaccines, which
includes assessing the efficacy and safety of vaccine candidates as well
as establishing the correlates of protective immunity.
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