Welcome to Pathogen Perspectives! My name has been removed from this blog to make it a little harder for the anti-vax guerrilla soldiers to find me. Anyway, I have a PhD in Experimental Pathology with a concentration in arenavirus pathogenesis. I have more than 14 years of hands-on experience working in labs with viruses, with over half of that focused on the virus that causes Argentine hemorrhagic fever- Junin. Junin virus is a member of the family Arenaviridae, genus, Arenavirus and further classified within the Tacaribe serocomplex, also known as New World arenaviruses. Like Ebola, Junin is transmitted to humans from animals. I worked with the virulent strains of Junin in a BSL4 lab. I also helped other researchers in the BSL4 lab working with Rift Valley fever and Ebola viruses. The photo above is me, 9 months pregnant in a BSL4 lab. The photo on the right is me, not pregnant, but thrilled to be holding my first successful plaque assay with the virulent Junin virus Romero strain.
There is a clear need for communicating infectious disease facts to the general public, so I decided to utilize my expertise and passion for pathogens here, where I can discuss emerging infectious disease topics such as Ebola, the new coronavirus out of china, and the anti-vax epidemic. Hopefully I can make this small corner of science accessible and interesting, and help mitigate the unnecessary fear mongering that some infectious diseases seem to inspire.
I have also been a contributing writer at Global Biodefense and The Conversation (AU). I'd provide lnks, but my real name is there too.
Currently, when not working or researching the above topics, I try to get editing done on my first novel so I can query agents. It's a biomedical thriller and I can't wait to get it finished! Not sure about whether or not my real name will be on that. Depends how many threats I get in the coming months.
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