Ploss lab receives grant from Center for Health and Wellbeing!

May 1, 2021

The Ploss lab is happy to announce we have received a grant titled “Combatting fetal-maternal mortality caused by enterically transmitted viral hepatitis” from the Center for Health and Wellbeing, for Michael Schwoerer’s work with hepatitis E virus!

Infection with hepatitis E virus (HEV) has presented a trenchant threat to global health and wellbeing for decades, with annual infections in the tens of millions. HEV infection poses a particularly deadly risk to pregnant women, with mortality rates of nearly 30%. In collaboration with the MacMillan lab, Michael aims to identify host factors that are essential for the life cycle of this virus. Results from this work hold promise to define novel targets and will highlight new, more effective intervention strategies for treating patients afflicted by this dreadful disease.