Michael J. Conway, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Microbiology in the Foundational Sciences Discipline at Central Michigan University College of Medicine. The Conway lab uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the molecular biology, virology, medical entomology, and evolution of arthropod-borne pathogens such as dengue and Zika viruses. The development of conventional vaccines for mosquito-borne flaviviruses has been difficult due to the phenomenon of antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) and the co-circulation and emergence of related viruses. Vector control strategies also have limitations that prevent eradication of disease transmitting arthropods, and targeted treatment options are limited. The Conway lab focuses on identifying vector proteins and pathways that are involved in the transmission of arthropod-borne pathogens. Investigation of pathogen-vector-host interactions will lead to the development of transmission-blocking vaccines and therapeutics. The Conway lab is also part of a statewide network that screens wastewater for SARS-CoV-2.
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B.S., Microbiology and Chemistry, Northern Michigan University, United States of America