April 21, 2020

Our paper on a scalable easy-to-deploy protocol to detect SARS-CoV-2 is out on bioRxiv. Check it out by clicking the link below. 

March 05, 2019

Dr. Carolina Arias will be presenting for Science Pub Night from 7-8pm on March 5th at Captain Fatty's Brewery. Her talk is entitled "A Night with Cellular Pirates: The good, the bad, and the weird of the virus world." She looks forward to to being a part of Science Pub Night's free monthly event, talking about virology, and connecting with the general public. Find out more about the event through the UCSB Events and Ticket's link below!

June 06, 2017

Colleen Mispagel received a Doreen J. Putrah Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship for summer research. During the summer, Colleen will be working on establishing a CRISPR-cas9 based method to generate mutant viruses. Congratulations Colleen!

December 13, 2016


In our most recent paper we explore the tropism of ZIKV in the developing brain and evaluate Food and Drug Administration-approved compounds that may have anti-ZIKV activity. Our results show that radial glia and astrocytes are more susceptible to infection by ZIKV than neurons, and provide evidence for the critical role of AXL in ZIKV infection . The screen of FDA approved compounds revealed that azithromycin, a commonly prescribed antibiotic safe in pregnancy, reduces ZIKV proliferation in glial cells.