Donna received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport. She is currently interested in the host factors and molecular mechanisms regulating reactivation from latency. Donna likes tropical fish, hiking and cave exploring.
Luwanika received a PhD in Biochemistry from the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. His postdoctoral fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (NIH) in Hamilton Montana involved studying various aspects of tick-borne flavvirus biology. Luwanika is interested in persistent viral infections, and his current work is focused on understanding molecular human cytomegalovirus-host interactions that determine viral latency and/or reactivation. When not in the lab, Luwanika enjoys off-road cycling, fishing, walking and observing nature.
Matt received his BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Arizona. His research interest is in how HCMV interacts with and modulates the host innate immune response. In his free time, Matt enjoys sports, baking, and rock climbing.
Pierce received a MS in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona. He is interested in HCMV interactions with the host DNA damage response. Outside of science, Pierce enjoys reviewing music and movies.
Melissa received her BS in Biology from Iowa State University. She is interested in HCMV's interactions with the host cell and how the virus is modulating different signaling pathways. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, sculpting, spending time with her family and pretending like she can keep up with all of the new slang terms millennials come up with, in what seems like a daily basis (she is a millennial too).