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Featured Event: Vision Series: Kylene Kehn-Hall

  • April 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Prince William Campus, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall

Identifying Altered Host Pathways in Emerging Viral Infections: Implications for Therapeutics and Diagnostics

Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVFV) and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus (VEEV) are emerging infectious pathogens and biological threat agents. These two viruses are transmitted by mosquito and pose a significant health risk to humans, livestock, and equines. Importantly, there are no therapeutics available for treatment of either of these viral infections. RNA viruses such as RVFV and VEEV are highly dependent on host cell processes for replication. In particular, they use host protein networks for all aspects of their replication cycles including entry, transcription, replication, trafficking, morphogenesis, assembly and release. This presentation will focus on host signaling pathways that are altered in RVFV and VEEV infected cells with the goal of utilizing this knowledge for novel therapeutic and diagnostic applications.

Teresa Finn, (703) 993-2648, tfinn2@gmu.edu, Office of the Provost

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