Molly Butler

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Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Research Summary: I study how dengue, a tropical virus, makes people sick. Dengue virus, like all viruses, completely depends on the cell that it infects in order to replicate. When dengue virus infects a cell, we know that it can change the cell’s metabolism – the way the cell uses nutrients. My job is to study how dengue virus changes metabolism and how we can stop those changes from happening. If we can understand how dengue virus changes the cells that it infects, we can find better ways to prevent or treat infection.