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

Our International Collaboration in Infectious Disease Research (ICIDR) grant (Nik Vasilakis, UTMB, PI; Kathy Hanley co-investigator) is funded.  We are off to Borneo!

HHMI undergraduate scholar Cindy Buraczyk heads off for a summer fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  We expect her to come home loaded with knowledge and salmon.

Kathy is promoted to Full Professor.  Time for a beverage...

Kathy and Michaela Buenemann (Geography) are awarded a $90,000 contract from the New Mexico Department of Health to map the distribution of the Zika vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the state. This will serve as the thesis project for grad student Stephanie Mundis.

Hanley lab colleague John Hammond lands a tenure track faculty position in the Biology Department at Marian University. Go Sabres!

In association with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Kathy visits Congress to push for the release of Zika virus funding.  Thanks to the staff of NM Senators Heinrich and Udall and NM Congressman Pearce for their time.

HHMI undergraduate scholar Meagan Moore is accepted into the American Medical College of Homeopathy. Congratulations!

Arboviruses (eds Vasilakis and Gubler) is published (http://www.horizonpress.com/arbo) - Kathy and Christy have a chapter on RNAi in the book.

Kathy gives a seminar at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University (in her home state of New Jersey) on Evolution, Emergence and Control of Arthropod-Borne Viruses

Former HHMI scholar Megan Miller is accepted to the Ph.D. program at Colorado State University.

Former Hanley lab post-doc Christy Andrade lands a tenure-track faculty position in the Biology department at Gonzaga University. Go Bulldogs!

UC Davis veterinary student Hannah Drumm receives a STAR fellowship to study sylvatic arbovirus emergence in Sarawak in collaboration with the Hanley lab over the summer.  Welcome aboard Hannah!

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