Rebekah Gullberg

PhD Student, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, Colorado State University

Climate change has contributed to increased emergence of infectious diseases worldwide. Mosquito-born viruses, such as Dengue and recently Zika virus, are particularly concerning with no effective treatments or vaccines. Viruses are parasites that depend on a cell for their energy and change the cell’s metabolism to accommodate their needs. My research focuses on these metabolic changes and how Dengue virus overtakes the cell’s machinery to complete its life cycle. Many of these changes are also characteristic of cancer and we have means to control them. By repurposing these treatments we may be able to better control these devastating infections.

Other Affiliations: 
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology