Beginning with my undergraduate research, working on bacteriophages (bacterial viruses), I have been fascinated in the diversity and complexity of viruses. This interest led me to pursue a Ph.D. studying how Herpes Simplex Virus manipulates the intra-cellular environment to establish infection. Upon receiving my Ph.D., I served as a Postdoc at Yale University studying another human virus, JC Polyomavirus, with the goal of understanding the cellular factors that facilitated viral entry. Now at the Jackson Laboratory, I mine through large scale genomic datasets to understand the range of viruses that exist in different populations. The goal of my current work is to develop ways to examine these complex virus-host relationships and to help the field get a better understanding as to how viruses contribute to health and disease.
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