Principal Investigator

Karla Kirkegaard

Violetta L. Horton Research Professor of Genetics

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates

Molly Braun, Ph.D.


I’m interested in understanding if uncleaved polyprotein precursors of SARS-CoV-2 may be toxic to other viral assemblies and essential functions in a cell. Additionally, I’m investigating the role of the lncRNA NeST in modulating the immune response of CD8+ T cells.

Graduate Students

Dorothy Tovar

Graduate Student

Many recently emerged viral diseases including Nipah, Marburg, SARS, and Ebola are hypothesized to have their origins in bats. I am interested in investigating innate immune mechanisms employed by bats to combat viral infection.
Co-supervised by Liz Hadly.

Jasmine Moshiri

Graduate Student

I am interested in understanding the replication mechanisms of Dengue virus and developing novel anti-viral therapeutics.

Jennifer Doherty

Graduate Student

I am interested in taking advantage of the genetic diversity within virally infected cells to strategically target antiviral drugs.

Brian Ho

Graduate Student

Makena Pule

Graduate Student


Claude Nagamine

Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine