Zika and Emerging Viral Diseases: A Clear and Present Public Health Crisis
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Dr. Leslie Lobel, a virologist and leader in the search of a cure for the Ebola virus, is a member of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics and co-director of the University’s Laboratory of Immunovirology. His research focuses on the immune system’s response to viral disease and the production of antiviral therapeutics. Dr. Lobel has received $1.2 million of a $28 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant awarded to an international consortium of scientists to create a center dedicated to finding a serum that combats two hemorrhagic fever viruses, including Ebola. The grant will help Dr. Lobel isolate those antibodies, while his team reproduces them for testing in animals. Before moving to Israel from New York, Dr. Lobel earned an M.D. and Ph.D. in virology from Columbia University. Dr. Lobel has been working with Ugandan and Brazilian scientists to investigate Zika and lift the veil of mystery surrounding the virus.