October 17, 2016
Vineet Menachery, PhD, is one of four recipients of the Seymour and Vivian Milstein Young Investigator Award for notable contributions to cytokine research, presented by the International Cytokine and Interferon Society. He received the award at the Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco on Oct. 18.
Menachery is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has been working in the lab of Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology, since 2010.
Menachery received his PhD in immunology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. His thesis work focused on the immune response in the peripheral and central nervous systems following infection with herpes simplex virus.
In his time with the Baric Lab, Menachery has explored the host immune response to highly virulent respiratory viruses including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV), influenza A virus strains H1N1 and H5N1, as well as the recently emerged Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Utilizing comparative systems biology, Menachery was able to identify a novel approach utilized by both influenza H5N1 and MERS-CoV to combat the host immune response though histone modification. Importantly, this research approach also may provide a rapid means to categorize the potential threat posed by current and future emerging respiratory viruses.
Menachery also has advanced new platforms for coronavirus treatments, the evaluation of new virus pathogenic potential and the role of host genetics in respiratory disease outcomes. Together, his research has the potential to produce important findings for the recognition, treatment and alleviation of emerging virus infections and human disease.
Menachery is a recent recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, as well as a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Institute of Aging.