I serve as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, and Director of the John A. Burns School of Medicine Biocontainment Core. microbiological techniques, with rigorous and unbiased studies published in nearly 130 peer-reviewed journals and in successful grant applications from local and national agencies. My expertise is in developing in vitro and in vivo models to study viral pathogenesis. I have utilized serological and molecular methods to study a wide range of emerging and re-emerging microbial pathogens. I am recipient of several grants from local foundations and NIH for development of rapid diagnostic assays using multiplex Luminex-bead format and serodiagnostic chip-based assays.