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William R Schutt

B.S., 2016, Biology, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Advisor: Erich Mackow
Email: William.Schutt@stonybrook.edu

Research Interests

My lab studies Zika virus infection of endothelial cells. Unlike closely related Flaviviruses, Zika virus can be detected in bodily fluids for up to 6 months. Our lab has shown that Zika virus can persistently infect endothelial cells, potentially facilitating access to protected compartments such as the brain. My research focuses on the interaction between Zika and the host’s innate immune system, with an emphasis on elucidating the mechanisms by which the interferon response is evaded. This will allow us to better understand how the virus establishes a lasting infection.

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa inductee, SUNY Geneseo, 2016