Pakieli H. Kaufusi Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine
651 Ilalo St BSB 320
Honolulu Hawaii 96813

Telephone: 808 692-1647

University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Is, BA. 1990 – Chemistry
University of Hawaii, M.S.  1997 – Virology & Molecular Biology
University of Hawaii, Ph.D.  2005 –  Molecular Biology & Bacterial Genetics

Research Focus

Research in understanding, at the molecular level, the disease-relevant proteins of emerging RNA viruses of global concern, including West Nile, dengue, Zika, and SARS-CoV-2 viruses that, in turn, has enabled rational drug design to improve human health.

Ongoing Projects and Opportunities for Students to Participate

  • Repurposing screening of clinically approved sources of antiviral drugs that are affordable and available to the Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders community.
  • Protein expression platform to understand the functional role of viral proteins in pathogenesis, the development of vaccine candidates, and ways of testing for infectious agents.
  • Engineered cellular exosomes as a potential shuttle to deliver virus antigens or drugs to target cells or organs.