Dr. Kathryn A Hanley PI
Department of Biology
New Mexico State University
479, Foster Hall
Las Cruces, NM

phone: 575-646-4583
lab: 575-646-4791
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Welcome to the Hanley Lab!

Hanley lab 2016: L to R: Stephanie Mundis, Stacey Scroggs, Jake Bennett, Katie Young, Dylan Gallegos, Kathy Hanley, John Hammond, Cindy Buraczyk
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About the Hanley Lab

In the Hanley lab, we investigate the molecular biology, evolution and ecology of emerging RNA viruses like dengue and Zika, with the goal of using this basic knowledge to design better methods to control the spread of these dangerous pathogens.

We currently focus on five main avenues of research (see Projects link for more details):

Mechanisms of sylvatic arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) emergence, with a focus on sylvatic dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever
Mapping the distribution of the mosquito vectors of Zika virus  in New Mexico
Interactions between arboviruses and  RNA interference (RNAi).
Competition among dengue virus serotypes, ecotypes and strains.
Novel synergies for antiviral drug design.

Students interested in an inter-disciplinary approach to the
study of RNA viruses are always welcome to contact Dr. Hanley about research opportunities in her lab.

SWARM (SouthWest Aedes Research and Mapping) team:
L to R: Michaela Buenemann, Kathy Hanley, Clara Hansen, Stephanie Mundis, Nathan Lopez-Brody, Tyler Monzingo, Justin Dearing, Zoe Sullinger, Darian Miller Large view

Recent Lab News


At the meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Kathy receives the Dalrymple-Young award for excellence in arbovirology for a mid-career investigator. She is thrilled by this recognition from her colleagues.

Dylan Gallegos is accepted to the prestigious NIH INRO program. He is also accepted to the Burrell College of Medicine. Congratulations!

At the meeting of the Southwest branch of the American Association of Geographers (SWAAG) Stephanie Mundis wins Best Student Paper for her work on mapping the distribution of mosquito vectors in New Mexico. The award comes with funding to present her work at the American Association of Geographers meeting in 2017. Nice work Stephanie!

At the NMSU Biosymposium, Cindy Buraczyk wins Best Poster Presentation by an Undergraduate, and Stephanie Mundis wins Best Poster Presentation by a Graduate Student. Good show!

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