The Science Advisory Board’s Cell-Based Assay Team currently includes 7,119 Members from around the world. Dr. Bernardo Mainou has been a Science Advisory Board Member since 2005 and The Cell-Based Assay Team Leader since October, 2014.
- Dr. Mainou received a B.S. degree in Microbiology from Arizona State University in 2002.
- He went on to earn his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007.
- He then joined the laboratory of Dr. Terence Dermody in the Division of Pediatrics Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University.
- Dr. Mainou now serves as a Research Instructor within the department.
“My research interests are in improving our understanding of host-pathogen interactions to educate the design of improved viral therapeutics.”
Dr. Mainou’s research is focused on virus and host interactions, having developed expertise with enveloped DNA viruses as well as non-enveloped RNA viruses. As obligate intracellular pathogens, viruses require host cells to replicate, which has provided a strong platform to develop a series of assays to study cellular and viral processes. Dr. Mainou’s research is centered on using knowledge from virus and cellular interactions to drive the development of viral therapeutics.
During his training, Dr. Mainou has participated with graduate student groups to better educate students on careers beyond academia. He has participated as a reviewer for several journals and aids in the mentoring of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students and fellows.
“I look forward to serving as a Science Advisory Board team leader to promote constructive discussion on Cell-Based Assays to enhance our experience doing science in the lab.”
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