Slobodan Paessler is a Professor at the Department of Pathology, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Tex, USA. In addition, he is the Director of the Galveston National Laboratory Preclinical Studies Core, one of the two National High Containment Laboratories built by the NIAID. Dr. Paessler holds a B.S. degree in veterinary sciences from the Agriculture and Veterinary School in Osijek, Croatia, a D.V.M. degree from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, and a Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UTMB. He is a member of the UTMB Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and the WHO Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases. The research in Dr. Paessler’s laboratory has focused on viral pathogenesis, vaccine development, and the development of animal models to test new vaccine candidates and antiviral drugs. His main research interest is in understanding the mechanisms by which emerging RNA viruses cause encephalitis, hemorrhagic fever, or respiratory diseases. Central nervous system (CNS) invasion by RNA viruses is particularly a complex and fascinating process. His laboratory seeks to elucidate the nature of the neuroinflammatory response to infection by viruses in diverse families such as Togaviridae, Orthomyxoviridae, Bunyaviridae, and Arenaviridae.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2013