Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
The DeHaven lab studies the genetics of poxvirus virulence genes. Specifically, we are interested in differences between in vaccinia virus, a generalist, and ectromelia virus, a mouse specific pathogen. Small mutations in these genes can have a significant effect on well they function in different hosts. We are currently cloning several of these genes from both viruses to perform site directed mutagenesis and subsequent functional analysis.