We are pleased to introduce Quinn Abram (Ph.D. Candidate) who is our newest recruit to the Sagan Lab. Quinn joins us from the University of Waterloo where he completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc., and studied the Effects of Low Temperature on Endogenous Antigen Presentation in Fish. In the Sagan Lab, Quinn will join the Zika virus (ZIKV) team and will be studying ZIKV infection in mosquito cells.
Congratulations to Martin Richer and Selena Sagan on funding of their CIHR grant entitled: “Host and viral determinants of Zika virus fitness”. And a special thanks to our amazing graduate students who generated the data for this grant - Trisha Barnard and Ryan Pardy.
Congratulations to Trisha Barnard (Ph.D. Candidate) and Mike Rajah (M.Sc. 2017), who published their comparative analysis of historical and contemporary Zika virus isolates this week in Viruses. There study is entitled: “Contemporary Zika virus isolates induce more dsRNA and produce more negative-strand intermediate in human astrocytoma cells”.
View the abstract here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30572570
A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new treatments, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.