Photo: Dr. Megan Baldridge during a seminar hosted by AIII.
We are pleased to announce that we will be collaborating with Dr. Megan Baldridge, Associate Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis and Dr. Sasirekha Ramani, Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, who has received a 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for approximately $3.9 million (funds for Washington University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the AUMC).
Within this collaboration, OrganoVIR Labs will be working with Vanessa Harris, Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health at Amsterdam UMC, and will be hosting 1 PhD student (supervised by Vanessa Harris and Katja Wolthers). Furthermore, within this project, OrganoVIR Labs will be conducting enterovirus infection with human organoids to study interference with rotavirus infection.
Our collaboration with Dr. Baldridge and Dr. Ramani will be a continuation of an ongoing project conducted by Nurul Wirusanti, a PhD student under the supervision of Vanessa Harris and Katja Wolthers who is carrying out her research at our laboratories.
On Tuesday, 6th of February 2024, Dr. Baldridge elaborated on her research during a seminar hosted by the Amsterdam Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases. During her lecture, titled ‘Viral Interference in the Intestine’ Dr. Baldridge showcased her work in identifying astrovirus as a potent inhibitor of norovirus and rotavirus in immunocompromised mice and sheds light on interferon-lambda signaling. Additionally, her research suggests that enteroviruses may contribute to impaired responses to rotavirus vaccine in human cohorts.
Dr. Megan Baldridge during her talk