Our research integrates molecular virology, cell biology, single-molecule biophysics, and computational modeling. As a result, trainees in the Ivanovic lab learn not only how to think deeply as virologists, but also acquire an unusual combination of interdisciplinary skills that together permit them to seek answers to sophisticated questions. Opportunities for learning include how to manipulate viral genomes to generate ‘designer’ viruses, how to use viruses to learn new cell biology, how to use, design and build specialized microscopes, and how to write computer codes simulating single-molecule events in virus system models.
Building designer viruses using reverse genetics systems and other tricks
Transmission electron microscopy to view purified virus particles or viral proteins.
Single RNA molecule fluorescence in situ hybridization (RNAscope) to quantify virus attachment to cells, mRNA expression, and genome replication.
(Left) Influenza virus binding to cells at the onset of infection. (Bottom) Viral mRNA expression after 12 hours of infection.