Kristen Bernard

Pathobiological Sciences


Viral pathogenesis of West Nile virus and other arthropod-borne viruses. We use molecular virologic techniques in combination with in vitro and in vivo models to further our understanding of how the virus causes disease, including its effect on the immune and nervous systems during the initial infection and after recovery. Other areas of research include the interaction of the virus, host, and mosquito and the development of new therapies and vaccines.

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