UFRI Fellow, P Tiwari 2015

P. TiwariPooja Tiwari, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow, Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellow
Award year: 2015

Pooja Tiwari, a virologist and nanobiotechnologist, is currently working on whole body PET imaging to identify latent reservoirs in non-human primates. Her other post-doctoral projects include studying parainfluenza virus and virus like particles for mucosal immunity against HIV and reactivation of latency using histone deacetylase inhibitors. She received her PhD in microbiology from Alabama State University (ASU) where she developed fusion inhibitor peptides and gold nanoparticle based therapeutics against respiratory syncytial viruses. She also developed cell penetrating peptide based gold nanoparticles for enhanced intracellular delivery. Before joining ASU, she worked as a co-investigator on metagenomics study of Godavari river pollution in India. She has also mentored graduate and undergraduate students on projects in soil and water metagenomics and studying the effects of various nanoparticles as anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents. She is interested in teaching microbiology, virology, molecular biology, genetic engineering and nanobiotechnology. Her research interests include developing antiviral therapeutics and understanding host responses against RNA viruses. She is interested in pursuing academic research involving undergraduate students involving women and minority students to enhance their participation in STEM.

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