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Syed (Muaz) Khalil, Graduate Student

 Muaz joined the GVI team in May 2011. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Currently, he is working on his dissertation research under the supervision of Dr. Laura White. The focus of his research is to understand and characterize the immune response in young animals to vaccination with alphavirus replicon based vaccines.


Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007-Present

Certificate in Global Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2006

M.S.P.H., Environmental Sciences & Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

B.S., Microbiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., 2003


Graduate Student, Microbiology & Immunology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007-Present

Laboratory Medical Technologist, Bioterrorism & Emerging Pathogens Unit, NC Regional Response Laboratory (Pitt County), 2006-2007

  1. D. C. Love, J. Vinjé, S. M. Khalil, J. Murphy, G. L. Lovelace, and M. D. Sobsey. Evaluation of RT-PCR and Reverse Line Hybridization for Detection and Genotyping F+RNA Coliphages from Estuarine Waters and Molluscan Shellfish. Journal of Applied Microbiology 2008; 104(4): 1203-12.
  2. M. Alomari, A. Solomito, R. Reyes, M. Khalil, R.H. Wood, and M.A. Welsch. Measurements of Vascular Function using Strain-Gauge Plethysmography: Technical Considerations, Standardization, and Physiological Findings. American Journal of Physiology 2004; 286: H99-H107.
Technical Areas

DNA isolation, purification, and production; immunohistochemistry; molecular cloning; nucleic acid isolation and purification; in vitro transcription; PCR; qPCR; SDS-PAGE; cytokine bioassays; in vitro BMDC assays; alphavirus replicon particle cloning, infection, and titration; electroporation; antibody purification and conjugation; biosafety level 2 research; FACS-based virus neutralization assays; Western blot; mammalian and insect tissue culture; bacterial culture; plaque assay; flow cytometry (Accuri C6, FacScan, and Cyan); mouse husbandry, serum collection, and immunization; murine lymph nodes and spleen; ELISA.

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