- PhD Virology, University of Edinburgh, UK, 2014
- MS Molecular Biosciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2010
- BS Biology, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2008
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) present a constant threat to public health across all continents except Antarctica. The global incidence is increasing due to climate change and globalization. The recent outbreaks of Zika virus and chikungunya virus across large parts of the Americas are examples for arbovirus emergence and re-emergence. However, some arboviruses, such as West Nile virus or California encephalitis virus, also present a threat to the health of U.S. residents, including those of the state of Nevada.
Our research program focuses on the interactions of these arboviruses with their mosquito (or tick) vector. Specifically, we study the antiviral responses of mosquitoes. Our ultimate aim is to increase our understanding of virus-vector interactions to identify novel methods and targets for the control of arbovirus transmission.