This summer, we welcome our newest MolBio rotation student, Michael Schwoerer!
Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a BA in Biology, a concentration in Mechanisms of Disease, and a minor in Biophysics. His previous experience includes research into viral egress of Lassa, Ebola and Marburg viruses as well as small molecule inhibitors of HIV budding. Now that he’s in the Ploss lab, Michael is excited to learn more about factors that modify tissue and host tropism for positive sense, single stranded viruses.
Says Michael, “I’ve always been interested in RNA viruses! Apart from their sociological/historical importance, they are among the most incredible entities in biology. With only a handful of genes, they routinely hijack and conquer organisms of infinitely greater complexity.”
During his rotation, Michael hopes to combine virology with biochemistry, biophysics and mathematical modeling. Welcome to the lab, Michael!