Basic Research Towards Therapeutics, Diagnostics and Vaccines

Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying viral infection is critical to the development of therapeutic strategies.

The Basic Research Hub will bring together the considerable strengths across the USF colleges in mechanistic biochemistry, genomics and proteomics, X-Ray crystallography, computational biology, and preclinical animal models to understand the function of the virus and its interaction with the host.

Coordinators: Bob Deschenes, Morsani College of Medicine; Sarah Yuan, Morsani College of Medicine; Jim Leahy, College of Arts and Sciences

Research Cluster Areas:

  • Mechanisms of viral invasion, host cell interactions, packaging and export
  • Structure-based drug discovery
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Systemic host response to virus
  • Therapeutic strategies


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