Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus Pathogenesis: Unveiling the Early Events of Viral Infection
Friday, July 30, 2010
Dr. Luis L. Rodriguez is the Research Leader in the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit (FADRU), USDA/ARS Plum Island Animal Disease Center. The Center is responsible for research and diagnosis to protect United States animal industries and exports against catastrophic economic losses caused by foreign animal disease agents accidentally or deliberately introduced into the U.S.
He will be speaking at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health on Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus Pathogenesis.
Dr. Rodriguez obtained his DVM in 1979 from the National University of Costa Rica and his Ph.D. in animal virology in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1986 to 1995 he joined the faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine, National University of Costa Rica, where he taught veterinary virology and carried out research in tropical veterinary viral diseases including Vesicular Stomatitis. From 1995 to 1997 he worked at the Special Pathogens Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. There Dr. Rodriguez's research focused on hemorrhagic fever viruses such as Ebola, Crimean-Congo and Hantaviruses. In 1997 he joined the US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) where his current research focuses on studying Foot-and-mouth disease virus-host interactions, specifically in the early (previremic) and persistent phases of FMDV infection. He also carries out research on the molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis and insect-transmission of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in cattle.