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Dr. Kevin Myles
Dr. Myles seeks to understand the role of small RNA pathways in the transmission of mosquito-borne viruses.
Mosquito-borne viruses continue to cause unacceptable levels of morbidity and mortality in humans and domesticated animals. My program seeks to develop new methods for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of these emerging and re-emerging pathogens through basic research on invertebrate antiviral immune responses. Research in my laboratory is being conducted at the confluence of several different areas of study that include molecular virology, the mechanisms and biology of RNA silencing, next-generation sequencing, and bioinformatics. This interdisciplinary research also requires specialized facilities that allow us to work with viruses that necessitate a high bio-containment level. Students and trainees in my laboratory are preparing for a variety of careers essential to safeguarding public health.