Dr. William T. Ruyechan
Virology; Viral pathogenesis; Host virus interactions; Viral vaccines
Summary of Recent Relevant Research:
Dr. Ruyechan's work involves examination of mutations within the varicella zoster virus vaccine that lead to attenuation and which revert to wild type. These molecular tools and approaches can be used to evaluate other viral vaccines and to monitor viral outbreaks resulting from population shifts due to natural and man-made disasters.