My short bio: I earned my Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona working to understand how herpes viruses replicate their DNA. I went on to work at USAMRIID studying Ebola, pox viruses, SARS, tick-borne encephalitis virus and others. I was at USAMRIID when the 9/11 and subsequent anthrax letter attacks happened and was scrutinized (along with many others) by the FBI. I worked at the CDC studying live smallpox virus, and at the time, was one of only 20 or so people in the world authorized to have access to the virus. I went on to work at the world's largest biorepository and then to different non-profit contract research organizations helping to develop new vaccines and antibiotics/antivirals for many high-hazard pathogens. I have worked extensively under biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) containment, worked with many different species of animals to develop models of these diseases, and serve as a subject matter expert on biodefense for various parts of the government on sometimes-classified projects.
My current projects include work on different viruses, bacteria, toxins and fungi.
Flu, Zika, Ebola, VEE, EEE, WEE, MERS, SARS, Dengue, Chikungunya, rabies
B. anthracis, Y. pestis, B. mallei, B. pseudomallei, MRSA, Pseudomonas
Staph enterotoxin B, ricin, Botulinum neurotoxin
Candida albicans and Aspergillus.
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