The National Institutes of Health has awarded Michael Vahey a two-year, $433,125 grant for research into virus vulnerability.
The research focuses on developing tools to better understand how host proteins contribute to viral replication. Using a technique termed genetic code expansion to control protein expression, visualize protein localization within a cell, or identify protein interaction partners, the research seeks to identify host factors that may be targeted to help control viral infection.
Results of this research should be able to provide insights into host protein dependency of influenza A, as well as provide a framework for the investigation of other respiratory viruses.
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