Postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. David Wang at Washington University in St. Louis to characterize novel viruses discovered in the human virome. Over the past decade, many novel virus sequences have been discovered in metagenomic studies, and while associations with many diseases (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes) have been identified, whether these viruses play a causal role in disease is unknown. A major limitation is the lack of cell culture and small animal models of infection, which prevent any functional characterization of these novel viruses. Thus, the goals of this position are to cultivate novel viruses, establish reverse genetics to enable engineering of recombinant viruses, define their pathogenic potential, and characterize immune responses to these viruses. Initial priority will focus on novel picornaviruses but will also include novel RNA and DNA viruses from other families.
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