Ongoing Coronavirus Research
Research in our laboratory aims to further understand the molecular basis for coronavirus susceptibility. We identify and then disable susceptibility factors. Our goals are to reveal new therapeutic anti-coronaviral targets. Our research includes comparative investigations of human and animal coronaviruses, with a view toward identifying infection patterns and antiviral targets that apply generally to current pandemic and future human-emerging animal coronaviruses. Learn more about researcher Thomas Gallagher.
Our laboratory is currently developing a SARS-CoV2 mucosal vaccine together with the laboratory of Dr. Lanying Du, New York Blood Center. As the SARS-CoV2 infects mucosal cells, we plan to use papilloma pseudovirus platform (mucosal vector) to develop a vaccine to induce mucosal immunity against this virus. The vaccine will be tested for its efficacy in animals challenged with the virus (Dr. Du's lab). Learn more about research Liang Qiao.
Our laboratory aims to identify novel, clinically-relevant antiviral strategies against SARS-CoV2. Specifically, we investigate how FDA-approved drugs can be repurposed as antiviral agents to accelerate clinical application. We focus on cellular metabolites that viruses, including coronaviruses, use during infection and identify means to alter these metabolites with pharmaceuticals to stop virus replication. Learn more about researcher Bryan Mounce.
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News and Awards
Recent news and awards from the Micro/Immuno Department at Loyola's Health Science Campus:
- Drs. Ed Campbell and Thomas Gallagher embark on NIH-funded project with the potential to impact memory and cognition research. Read more
- Dr. Francis Alonzo of Loyola wins Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH). Read more.
- Katherine Knight, PhD, named Distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Immunologists. Learn more.
Learn more about news and awards from Loyola University Chicago's Department of Microbiology of Immunology.
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