Shannan L. Rossi, PhD

Shannan L. Rossi, PhD
Associate Professor (Non-tenure track)
Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology

Phone: (409) 772-9033
Lab Phone: (409) 747-2440
Office: Keiller 3.118A
Mail Route: 0609
Email: slrossi@utmb.edu

Education
Post-doctoral Fellowship
University of Texas Medical Branch
2010-2013
Galveston, TX
Post-doctoral Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh
2008-2010
Pittsburgh, PA
PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch
2008
Galveston, TX
BS
Cornell University
2001
Ithaca, NY
Research Interests
Arboviruses, Zika virus, vaccines, alphaviruses, flaviviruses, animal models
Current Research
Dr. Rossi's research interests are motivated in understanding the interactions between arboviruses and their mammalian hosts. Specifically, she has studied how flaviviruses (West Nile, dengue and Zika viruses) and alphaviruses (Venezuelan equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Mayaro and chikungunya viruses) infect their hosts and how this natural cycle can be altered. She is most interested in how manipulations to the viral genomes can lead to a nonpathogenic infection or be used as a potential vaccine candidate. To this end, she is currently developing animal models (rodent and nonhuman primate) for pathogenesis and vaccine screening for chikungunya, Mayaro and Zika diseases.
Publications
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