Virus host interactions

The molecular pirates: Viral control of the cellular machinery

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Kevin Brackett

Kevin is investigating the virus-host interactions of Kaposi's Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus via genetic engineering with CRISPRi technology.

Catya Faeldonea

Catya is a MA student investigating the single cell transcriptome of KSHV infected cells and the effect of modulating translation on lytic reactivation. 

Guillermo Najarro

Guilermo is a Ph.D. student who is exploring the dynamics of the UPR in cells infected with KSHV and is specifically interested in identifying viral factors affecting this cellular response

Duncan Proctor

Duncan is a Ph.D. student interested in the effects of Zika virus on eye development and health, primarily pertaining to the activation and inhibition of cellular stress responses by Zika

Tessa Chou

Tessa is looking to determine a FACS-based system to isolate and purify Muller glial cells from retinal organoid tissues for further study.

Oran Donohue

Oran was a M.S. student investigating the piracy and manipulation of the ZIKA virus in relation to translation initiation, particularly with regard to differential expression of the components of eIF4F.

He is currently a Research Associate at Capsida Biotherapeutics

Ameera Mungale

Ameera is an Arias Lab alumna who previously worked on developing a CRISPRi system for silencing KSHV genes in different host cell lines. She is now a researcher at NIH in the Medical Genetics and Ophthalmic Genomics Unit

She is currently a PhD Student at Georgetown University

Veronica Russell

Veronica worked on delineating host transcriptional changes following KSHV infection of primary endothelial cells through computational analysis of RNA-Seq data. She is now a PhD student at Duke university

She is currently a PhD student at Duke University

Gil Torten

GIl explored the structure of KSHV chromatin during the lytic cycle and how Zika Virus interacts with the UPR. Gil is now a PhD student at UCLA

He is currently a PhD student at UCLA