June 2022

Jessica is selected for a T32 Training Grant!

Jessica has been selected for the Infectious Disease/Basic Microbial Pathogenic Mechanisms T32 Training Program. Congratulations!

June 2022

Jessica passes her qualifying exam

Congratulations Jessica!

May 2022

Gabi joins the lab!

Gabriela De Souza is a visiting student from Brazil who will be working in the lab for the next year studying CHIKV. Welcome!

April 2022

Bria is awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Bria!

https://biology.wustl.edu/news/seven-arts-sciences-graduate-students-selected-nsf-research-fellowships

March 2022

Brad successfully defends his thesis!

Congratulations to Brad! He will be joining the lab of Dr. Joseph Mizgerd at Boston University as a post-doctoral research associate to study lung immunology during acute infection.

November 2021

Bria passes her qualifying exam

Congratulations Bria!

September 2021

Debbie is named a Pew Innovation Fund Investigator

Congratulations to Debbie who was recently named a Pew Innovation Fund Investigator!

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2021/09/15/to-investigate-range-of-pressing-scientific-questions-researchers-combine-efforts

August 2021

Marissa successfully defends her thesis!

Congratulations to Marissa! She will be starting work as a Science Associate II at the American Association of Immunologists.

July 2021

Jessica and Sachendra join the lab!

We are so excited to have two more new additions to the lab! Sachendra Bais will be a post-doctoral fellow and Jessica Carpenter will be a Ph.D. graduate student in the Immunology program. Welcome!

June 2021

Bria joins the lab!

We are so excited to welcome Bria Dunlap to the lab! She will be a Ph.D. graduate student in the Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis program.

March 2021

Bria finished her rotation in the lab

Bria Dunlap worked on the CHIKV and Influenza projects. Great job Bria!

January 2021

EJ hired at Pfizer!

Congratulations to EJ who is starting his new job as a Senior Scientist at Pfizer!

December 2020

Marissa and Lindsey’s review is published in Frontiers in Immunology!

Congratulations Marissa and Lindsey!  Their new review titled, “Context Is Key: Delineating the Unique Functions of IFNα and IFNβ in Disease” published in Frontiers in Immunology (Front. Immunol. 2020 Dec 21;11(606874): 10.3389/fimmu.2020.606874) covers the role of type I interferon subtypes in various infections and autoimmune diseases.

July 2020

Marissa receives a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award F31 Fellowship!

Congratulations Marissa!  This will fund her research in the lab for the next two years. Way to go! 

July 2020

Jessica finished her rotation in the lab

Jessica Carpenter participated in chronic CHIKV and ISG15 projects.  Nice job Jessica!

July 2020

Debbie gets promoted to Professor!

Congratulations Debbie!  We are so proud of you and love working in your lab!

July 2020

We received COVID-19 Research Funding from FBJH/ICTS to re-purposing current FDA-approved drugs against SARS CoV2

This 8-month grant will provide critical support to allow us to test two drugs (6TG and 6MP) which are medications currently used to treat cancer to determine if they will be effective against SARS-CoV2. We will test these drugs in vitro in human respiratory epithelial cultures and in a new mouse model to determine if they can protect against SARS-CoV2 induced disease.

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March 2020

Lindsey and Marissa receive scholarship and travel award to attend AAI IMMUNOLOGY 2020

Lindsey received a “2020 AAI Trainee Poster Award.”  Marissa received an invitation to give an oral presentation and a “2020 AAI Trainee Abstract Award.”  Both  will attend AAI IMMUNOLOGY 2020 in Honolulu, HI.  Congratulation Lindsey and Marissa!

February 2020

Stephanie finished her rotation in the lab

Stephanie Crowley participated in chronic CHIKV and ISG15 projects.  Nice job Stephanie!

February 2020

Brad attends Biology of Acute Respiratory Infection Gordon Research Conference

Brad was invited to attend the Gordon Research Conference on host-pathogen interactions and novel therapies for acute respiratory infections in Galveston, TX. Congratulation Brad!

February 2020

Lightsaber Journal Club!

October 2019

Lindsey’s new paper is accepted by Journal of Virology!

Congratulations to Lindsey!  Her research titled, “Distinct roles of interferon alpha and beta in controlling chikungunya virus replication and modulating neutrophil-mediated inflammation” is accepted by Journal of Virology.

Stay tuned for more details!

September 2019

Marissa is invited to present her research at the annual Micro/Immuno Mini Retreat!

Congratulations to Marissa!  She will present her research titled, “Dermal and muscle fibroblasts and skeletal myofibers survive chikungunya virus infection and harbor persistent RNA” at the Micro/Immuno Mini Retreat on November 8 in the FLTC Connor Auditorium.

Stay tuned for more details!

August 2019

Marissa and Alissa’s new finding published on PLoS Pathogens!

Congratulations to Marissa and Alissa!  Their new paper titled, “Dermal and muscle fibroblasts and skeletal myofibers survive chikungunya virus infection and harbor persistent RNA” published on PLoS Pathogens (PLoS Pathog. 2019 Aug 29;15(8):e1007993.) and was highlighted on the following science news media.

WashU Medical School News

The Scientist

EurekAlert! AAAS

Science Daily

Medical Press

Stream Source

August 2019

Lindsey gets married!

Congratulations to Lindsey and her husband Gregg.  We wish you all the happiness!

July 2019

Brad presents his research at ASV 2019

Congratulations Brad!

July 2019

Marissa presents her research at ASV 2019

Congratulations Marissa!

July 2019

Brad and Marissa attend ASV 2019

Brad and Marissa attend the American Society for Virology’s 38th Annual meeting at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. and are invited to the “Fields Dinner” honoring Bernie Fields.  Congratulation Brad and Marissa!

June 2019

Lindsey attends Positive-Strand RNA Viruses meeting

Lindsey attends the Keystone symposia conference on positive-strand RNA viruses in Killarney, Ireland and presents her research in the poster session. Congratulation Lindsey!

May 2019

Debbie hoods Alissa at the Washington University Graduation Ceremony

Alissa visited from Boston, MA to participate in the hooding ceremony. Congratulations Alissa!

March 2019

EJ attends Innate Immune Receptors meeting

EJ attends the Keystone symposia conference on innate immune receptors in Taipei, Taiwan and presents his research in the poster session. Congratulation EJ!

February 2019

Brandon Tang joins the lab as an undergraduate student

Welcome, Brandon!

December 2018

Escape room fun!

From left: Mandy (rotation student), Brad, Lindsey, Debbie, Marissa, Alissa, Kristen, EJ

December 2018

Alissa successfully defends her thesis!

Congratulations to Alissa.  She will be moving to Boston, MA to become a Patent Specialist at Nixon Peabody LLP.

October 2018

Marissa presents her research at the Immunology Departmental Retreat

Congratulations Marissa!

July 2018

EJ’s review published in Nature Reviews Microbiology!

Congratulations to EJ.  The review describes the role of ISG15 in antiviral immunity.

May 2018

Debbie hoods Lindsey at the Washington University Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations Lindsey!

April 2018

Lindsey successfully defends her thesis!

Congratulations to Lindsey.  She will be continuing her work in the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.