As a virologist and immunologist by training, I have specific expertise in dissecting virus-host interactions that have important implications for viral transmission and pathogenesis. My research goal is to understand how viruses in nature interact with their natural hosts, and how this relates to their potential to impact human health through zoonosis and subsequent human-to-human spread. My research to date has spanned several viruses including DNA viruses (herpesviruses, hepadnaviruses, papillomaviruses), retroviruses (HIV-1/SIV), and emerging or pre-emergent RNA viruses (coronaviruses, arteriviruses, dengue virus, influenza virus).
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Boulder
Adjunct Professor, Community College of Aurora
Doctoral Candidate, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Grants and Contracts
Identifying genetic barriers to animal virus replication in human cells: Insights into zoonosis
Investigating CD4 as a species-specific barrier to transmitted/founder HIV-1 infection