Shinji Makino, DVM, PhD
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Phone: (409) 772-2323
Fax: (409) 772-5065
Education: DVM, 1979, Iwate University
PhD, 1984, The University of Tokyo
Overview: Molecular virology and pathogenesis of SARS-coronavirus and Rift Valley fever virus.
Dr. Makino studies the molecular biology and host cell-virus interactions of two different RNA viruses: severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (SCoV) and Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV). SCoV is the etiological agent of the recently emerged
human respiratory disease SARS. The Makino group studies various aspects of SCoV-host cell interactions, attempting to understand SCoV pathogenesis at the molecular level. RVFV causes severe epidemics in ruminants and is also recognized as a human
pathogen. In humans, RVFV, a potential agent of bioterrorism, can cause fever and myalgia, a hemorrhagic syndrome, ocular disease, and encephalitis. His group has developed reverse genetics system of RVFV and use it for understanding viral RNA synthesis,
assembly, virus-host cell interactions and generation of RVFV vaccines.
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