Vineet D. Menachery, Ph.D.

Vineet D. Menachery, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisory Committee

Department of Microbiology & Immunology University of Texas Medical Branch

Dr. Menachery is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas  Medical Branch. He completed his undergraduate studies at Clemson University where he received a BS in Microbiology. He then received a PhD. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis. He went on to a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to joining the faculty at University of Texas  Medical Branch.

Dr. Menachery’s research interests includes coronaviruses, immunology including the study of  SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV.

Utilizing severe coronavirus infections, the Menachery Lab seeks to define virus-host interactions that dictate disease outcomes. The outbreaks of both SARS and MERS-CoV underscore the need for continued surveillance of zoonotic viruses. While CoV sequences have been identified, minimal translational work has been undertaken. Dr. Menachery’s studies evaluate the likelihood of emergence, pathogenic potential, and efficacy of current therapeutic platforms against existing coronavirus strains. The overall goal is to derive mechanistic insight and develop novel avenues for antiviral treatment.

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