Hector Aguilar-Carreno has developed new techniques to study how the membrane fusion cascade, which allows viral entry into cells, is triggered by viral attachment to host cell receptors.
Dr. Aguilar-Carreno’s primary research is in:
- Elucidation of the mechanisms of entry of enveloped viruses into mammalian host cells.
- Multidisciplinary approaches to study viral-cell and cell-cell membrane fusion.
- Nipah and Hendra viruses as model systems.
Dr. Aguilar-Carreno believes that a combination of multidisciplinary approaches will lead to antiviral and vaccine strategies that may be applicable beyond the zoonotic viruses he studies. These discoveries are likely to have profound effects on global human and animal health.
Dr. Aguilar-Carreno is an assistant professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, as well as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, in the School of Molecular Biosciences, and in the Chemistry Department at WSU.