Currently, my research under Dr. Saguna Verma is focused on understanding the mechanisms of Zika virus persistence in human testicular tissue and how this may lead to sexual transmission of the virus and/or pathology in the host.
2017-Present – Graduate Research Assistant, Deapartment of Tropical Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2016-2017 – Teaching Assistant, Kapiolani Community College
2016 – Teaching Assistant, Department of Microbiology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2014-2016 – Student Lab Associate, Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2014-2016 – Student Researcher and INBRE Scholar, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Strange DP, Siemann DS, Green R, Belcaid, M, Gale M Jr, Verma S. Transcriptome analysis of primary human Sertoli cells infected with Zika virus reveals a complex host-pathogen interaction. 2017 Annual American Society of Microbiology Spring Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii. (*First Prize MS Poster Presentation)
Strange DP, Lai C-Y, Wong T-A, Lehrer AT, Verma S. Ebola virus glycoprotein induces an innate immune response in vivo via TLR4. 2016 Annual American Society of Microbiology Spring Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii. (*Third Prize MS Poster Presentation)