The Disease Modeling and Transmission section aims to investigate emerging and re-emerging viral pathogens that cause serious illness in humans. Our group focuses on vector-borne viruses spread by rodents such as Lassa virus and Hantaviruses and insects such as Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. To investigate these viruses we develop animal models that recapitulate human disease, use these models to understand how the virus causes disease and then evaluate antivirals and vaccines that protect against disease. Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic our lab has evaluated candidate antivirals and vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. Research from our lab has resulted in multiple vaccines and antivirals against these serious human pathogens. These therapeutics are in multiple stages of pre-clinical and clinical development.
In addition to our laboratory activities, our lab has active research ongoing at field sites in Mali and Uganda where we conduct surveillance in vector and human populations to understand disease prevalence and transmission in regions where these viruses are endemic. Our efforts aim to support local public health systems and develop public health strategies that limit infection of at-risk populations.
Heinz Feldmann, M.D.
Chief, Disease Modeling and Transmission Section
Chief, Laboratory of Virology
Chief Scientist of the RML BSL4 Laboratories
Ph.D., 1988, University of Marburg, Germany
M.D., 1987, University of Marburg, Germany
Julie A. Callison, M.Sc.
M.S., Microbiology, University of Montana
B.S., Microbiology, University of Montana
David W. Hawman, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Colorado Denver
B.S., Microbiology, Penn State University
Shanna S. Leventhal, B.S., B.A.
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Matthew C. Lewis, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California Irvine
B.S., Chemistry, Oregon State University
B.S., Biochemistry and Biophysics, Oregon State University
Kimberly D. Meade-White, M.Sc.
M.S., Microbiology/Biochemistry, University of Montana
B.S., Biology, Carroll College
Atsushi Okumura, Ph.D., D.V.M.
Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine/Veterinary science, Azabu University
M.S./D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University
Languages Spoken: Japanese
Deepashri Rao, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Viral Immunology, NIMHANS University, India
M.Sc, Microbiology, Bangalore University, India
B.Sc, Chemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Bangalore University, India
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Hindi
Kyle T. Rosenke, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
B.S., Science, University of Wyoming
Thomas Tipih, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Medical Virology, University of the Free State
M.Sc, Virology, Liverpool John Moores University
B.Sc, Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Zimbabwe
Languages Spoken: Shona
Former Research Group Members
Laura Baseler, DVM, Ph.D. (Predoctoral Fellow) (7/2012 – 8/2015) - Veterinary Pathologist, NAMSA (North American Science Associates), Northwood, OH, USA
Bharti Bhatia, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (1/2018 – 5/2021) – Delhi, India
Blair DeBuysscher, Ph.D. (Predoctoral Fellow) (6/2008 – 9/2014) – Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Emmie de Wit, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow, Staff Scientists) (9/2009 – 8/2019) – Tenure-Track Investigator, DIR, NIAID, Hamilton, MT, USA
Hideki Ebihara, Ph.D. (Staff Scientist) (3/2009 – 7/2016) – Director, Department of Virology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
Darryl Falzarano, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (6/2010 – 11/2014) – Research Scientist, VIDO-InterVac, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Wakako Furuyama, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (6/2017 – 9/2019) - Assistant Professor, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan
Thomas Hoenen, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (3/2011 – 8/2015) – Laboratory Head (Privatdozent), Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, Greifswald, Germany
Caleb Marceau, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (1/2017 – 1/2018) - Sr Research Scientist-Clinical Virology, Gilead Sciences, San Francisco, CA, USA
Joshua Marceau, Ph.D. (Predoctoral Fellow) (8/2011 – 12/2016) – Postdoctoral Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Andrea Marzi, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow, Staff Scientist, Associate Scientist) (10/2008 – 8/2019) – Tenure-Track Investigator, NIAID, Hamilton, MT, USA
Masfique Mehedi, Ph.D. (predoctoral Fellow) (12/2010 – 10/2012) – Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA
Vincent Munster, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (9/2009 – 1/2013) – Senior Investigator, DIR, NIAID, Hamilton, MT USA
Joseph Prescott, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Fellow) (6/2009 – 6/2017) – Research Group Lead, Robert-Koch-Institute, Berlin, Germany
Barry Rockx, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (7/2008 – 8/2012) – Principal Investigator, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jessica Spengler, DVM, Ph.D. (Predoctoral Fellow) (9/2008 – 5/2012) – Research Veterinary medical Officer, CDC, Atlanta, GA, USA
David Safronetz, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow, Staff Scientist) (10/2008 – 7/2015) – Chief Special Pathogens, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Tsing-Lee Tang-Huau, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (6/2018 – 11/2021) – Research Lead, Sanofi, Orlando, FL, USA
Yoshimi Tsuda, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow) (6/2009 – 2/2011) – Researcher, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Marko Zivcec, Ph.D. (Predoctoral Fellow) (9/2009 – 12/2013) – Researcher, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, MB, Canada