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Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens

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Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens

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To Foster and Promote a Cohesive and Synergistic Environment for Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research

Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens affiliated faculty photo collage
Affiliated faculty members and students of the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens. Clockwise from top left: Mari Martinez M.S.; Tanner Dehart, M.S.; Assistant Professor Brandon Jutras; University Distinguished Professor X.J. Meng; Associate Professor Xiaofeng Wang; Clinical Professor Tanya LeRoith; Professor Kathy Alexander; Assistant Professor Clement Vinauger; Assistant Professor Kate Langwig; Professor Dana Hawley; Assistant Professor Joseph Hoyt, Assistant Professor Chloe Lahondere (center).

Infectious diseases are constantly emerging and reemerging worldwide, causing immense threats to the health of humans, animals, and plants. This is especially clear now as researchers tackle the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused more than 16 million human infections worldwide.

To meet this challenge, Virginia Tech has created the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens.

Read the full story here.



Image of the Covid-19 virus

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2    Prather KA, Marr LC, Schooley RT, McDiarmid MA, Wilson ME, Milton DK. Science. 2020 Oct 16;370(6514):303-304.doi:10.1126/science.abf0521

SARS-CoV-2 infection in the gastrointestinal tract: fecal-oral route of transmission for COVID-19?   Meng XJ, Liang, TJ. Gastroenterology 2021 Jan 7:S0016-5085(21)00030-5. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2021.01.005

BCG vaccine protection from severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  Escobar LE, Molina-Cruz A, Barillas-Mury C. Proc Nal Acad Sci USA.2020 Jul 28;117(30):17720-17726.doi: 10.1073/pnas.2008410117

Covid‐19: One year on….  Fricker RD. Significance. (RSS and the ASA). 03 February 2021. doi: 10.1111/1740-9713.01485.

Individual quarantine versus active monitoring of contacts for the mitigation of COVID-19: a modeling study.  Peak CM, Kahn R, Grad YH, Childs LM, Li R, Lipstitch M, Buckee CO. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 Sep;20(9):1025-1033.  doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30361-3.

Improved plaque assay for human coronaviruses 229E and OC43. Bracci N, Pan HC, Lehman C, Kehn-Hall K, Lin SC. PeerJ. 2020 Dec 21;8:e10639. doi: 10.7717/peerj.10639.

A selective sweep in the Spike gene has drive SARS-CoV-2 human adaptation. Kang L, G. He,  A.K. Sharp, X. Wang, A.M. Brown, P. Michalak, J. Weger-LucarelliBioRxiv. doi:10.1101/2021.02.13.431090

PSGL-1 Inhibits the incorporation of SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoproteins into pseudovirions and impairs pseudovirus attachment and infectivity.  He S, Waheed AA, Hetrick B, Dabbagh D, Akhrymuk IV, Kehn-Hall K, Freed EO, Wu Y. Viruses.2020 Dec 30;13(1):46; doi:10.3390/v13010046

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: What We Know.  Samet JM, Parther K, Benjamin G, Lakdawala S, Lowe JM, Reingold A, Volckens J. Marr LC. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Jan 18:ciab039. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab039

Additively manufactured respirators: quantifying particle transmission and identifying system-level challenges for improving filtration efficiency.  LB, Pan J, Harb C, Zawaski CE, Molla B, Kubalak JR, Marr LC, Williams CB. J Manuf Syst. 2021 Jan 20. doi: 10.1016/j.jmsy.2021.01.002

Uniting infectious disease and physical science principles on the importance of face masks for COVID-19.  Gandhi M, Marr LCMed (N Y) Jan 15;2(1):29-32. doi: 10.1016/j.medj.2020.12.008. 

Can indoor sports centers be allowed to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic based on a certificate of equivalence?  Bloken B, van Druenen T, van Hooff T, Verstappen PA, Marchal T, Marr LCBuild Environ2020 Aug 180:107022. doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107022

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by inhalation of respiratory aerosol in the Skagit Valley Chorale super spreading event.  Miller SL, Nazaroff WW, Jimenez JL, Boerstra A, Buonanno G, Dancer SJ, Kuritski J, Marr LC, Morawska L, Noakes C. Indoor Air. 2020 Sep 26:10.1111/ina.12751.doi: 10.1111/ina.12751

Killed whole-genome reduced-bacteria surface-expressed coronavirus fusion peptide vaccines protect against disease in a porcine model Maeda D, Tian D, Yu H, Dar N, Rajasekaran V, Meng S, Mahsoub H, Sooryanarain H, Wang B, Heffron C, Hassebroek A, LeRoith T, Meng XJ, Zeichner S. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2025622118

Filtration evaluation of expired elastomeric P-100 filter cartridges after months of real-world use during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic Baffoe-Bonnie A, Zhang K, Pan J, Simpkins K, Marr L. 
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 
DOI: 10.1017/ice.2021.104
Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) Tang J. Bahnfleth W, Bluyssen P, Buonanno G, Jimenez J, Kurnitski J, Li Y, Miller S, Sekhar C, Morawska L, Marr L, Melikov A, Nazaroff W, Nielsen P, Tellier R, Wargocki P, Dancer S.
J Hosp Infect  DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.12.022

Cupric Oxide Coating That Rapidly Reduces Infection by SARS-CoV-2 via Solids Hosseini M, Chin A, Behzadinasab S, Poon L, Ducker W. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c19465

Covid-19 has redefined airborne transmission Tang J, Marr L, Li Y, Dancer S. BMJ DOI: 10.1136/bmj.n913

SARS-CoV-2 Infection in the Gastrointestinal Tract: Fecal-Oral Route of Transmission for COVID-19? Meng XJ, Liang T Gastroenterology
DOI: 10.1053/j.gastro.2021.01.005

Quantification of the Tradeoff between Test Sensitivity and Test Frequency in a COVID-19 Epidemic-A Multi-Scale Modeling Approach Forde J, Ciupe S. Viruses DOI: 10.3390/v13030457

Targeting protein-protein interaction interfaces in COVID-19 drug discovery Chang C, Lin SM, Satange R, Lin SC, Sun SC, Wu HY, Kehn-Hall K, Hou MH. Comput. Struct. Biotechnol. J  DOI: 10.1016/j.csbj.2021.04.003

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