Congratulations to Jasmin Chahal on her recent publication in Nucleic Acids Research!

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Congratulations to Jasmin Chahal (Ph.D. Candidate) who published her biophysical analysis of the miR-122 and HCV RNA interactions this week in Nucleic Acids Research. Jasmin provides a new model for the roles of miR-122 in the HCV life cycle. The study is entitled: “miR-122 and Ago interactions with the HCV genome alter the structure of the 5' terminus”.

View the abstract here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30941417

Congrats to the Sagan and Richer labs on their CIHR grant!

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.

From L to R: Dr. Selena Sagan, Trisha Barnard(PhD Candidate - Sagan Lab), Ryan Pardy(PhD Candidate - Richer Lab), Dr. Martin Richer

From L to R: Dr. Selena Sagan, Trisha Barnard(PhD Candidate - Sagan Lab), Ryan Pardy(PhD Candidate - Richer Lab), Dr. Martin Richer

Congratulations to Trisha Barnard on her recent publication in Viruses!

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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

Identification of a novel hepacivirus in lemurs!

Congratulations to our coauthors for publication of a new study this week in Archives in Virology entitled “Virus discovery reveals a high prevalence and a great diversity of members of the Flaviviridae in wild lemurs”. Interestingly, it appears that this new hepacivirus has a miR-122 site in its 5’ UTR! 

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30460488

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