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Increasing Lassa Fever cases in West Africa causing concern

The drastic increase in Lassa Fever cases is causing significant health concerns in West Africa. In a recent article published by Science, CViSB scientists and collaborators investigate the concerning rise of this disease. Researchers are racing to understand the factors behind this alarming surge and develop strategies to combat this public health threat. Link to Science article
Michelle McGraw
February 26, 2024

Welcome 2023 Summer Interns

Please join the Andersen Lab in welcoming the six summer interns selected from the Scripps Research Translational Institute Student Research Internship Program! Selected from a large pool of candidates from around the country, these bright students are motivated to learn from leading researchers at Scripps Research. The new interns are working closely with a mentor on either a wet lab…
Michelle McGraw
August 4, 2023
Meet the Scientists

Meet Nell Bond, Post Doctoral Fellow at Tulane University

Nell Bond’s fascination with infectious diseases started all the way back in her high school AP Biology class, after her teacher recommended The Hot Zone, a nonfiction novel that shaped the public perception of viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks. Now as she looks toward becoming a Junior Faculty member, Bond reflects on what she has learned thus far in her career.…
Michelle McGraw
June 23, 2023
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Scripps Research scientists granted up to $12.8M to study viral infections

Scientists at Scripps Research have received a significant grant to study the evolution and outcomes of human infections with SARS-CoV-2, Lassa virus and Ebola virus. The team will receive roughly $2.5 million each year for a maximum of five years, bringing the total potential award to $12.8 million. The funds—a grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National…
Michelle McGraw
April 4, 2023
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Meet Mambu Momoh, Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium Researcher and PhD Student

When Mambu Momoh first started volunteering as a Laboratory Technician at Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) in Sierra Leone, he never imagined he would one day become a published researcher who would receive global recognition for his tenacity and dedication to science in the face of unimaginable odds. As Momoh recounts, his lab diagnosed the first case of Ebola in Sierra…
Michelle McGraw
March 31, 2023

Five Years of CViSB

CViSB is 5 years old as of this February! Looking back, we have made significant strides toward our goal of identifying the human and viral factors that determine the outcome of infection with Lassa, Ebola, and SARS-CoV-2 viruses.  CViSB’s multi-disciplinary team has collected clinical, immunological, and genomic data, combined multi-omics technologies  and applied high-throughput (HTP) experiments to our unique patient…
Michelle McGraw
March 24, 2023

NIAID’s Data Dissemination Working Group aims to open biomedical data to the world

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the research community has responded by sharing an unprecedented amount of data publicly, including millions of SARS-CoV-2 sequences, protein crystal structures, and in vitro assays which have allowed us to rapidly develop new diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines. Despite the widespread enthusiasm of the research community to share data publicly, however, disseminating and finding…
Michelle McGraw
March 6, 2023 featurePress ReleasePublication

Two new papers demonstrate use of as one-stop online source for COVID data

While COVID-19 may be transitioning from a “pandemic” to an “endemic” phase, it remains critically important to continue tracking the virus in real-time. In two new papers published in Nature Methods on Feb. 23, 2023, scientists at Scripps Research demonstrate the use of as a standardized, searchable source of information on the COVID-19 virus and its many variants. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began,…
Kristian Andersen
February 23, 2023

Jyothi Purushotham and Holly Lutz recognized for early career accomplishments

Congratulations to Jyothi Purushotham and Holly Lutz, two Andersen Lab postdoctoral researchers who recently received awards recognizing significant achievements in their respective areas of study.  Jyothi Purushotham, PhD, was awarded the International Biomedical Research Alliance’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, an honor that aims to recognize those who embody scientific innovation and collaboration through significant early career discoveries. As an NIH-Oxford…
Michelle McGraw
October 12, 2022
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Risk posed by Lassa virus in Africa may dramatically increase over the next 50 years

A CViSB study published in Nature Communications last week characterized the factors that support Lassa virus circulation in West Africa through analyzing environmental data associated with virus occurrence. The research team, led by postdoc Raphaëlle Klitting, utilized ecological niche modeling to pinpoint temperature, precipitation, and the presence of pastureland as key contributors to viral spread. Combining this analysis with projections…
Michelle McGraw
October 5, 2022