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Driven by discovery

We strive to be in the forefront of discovery and innovation! By applying classic and molecular virology techniques to complex viral systems, our lab explores the mechanisms underlying viral diseases and work towards the development of improved viral vectors and vaccine delivery platforms for use in animal species.


Our Story

Our laboratory was established in 2014 and since then we have been dedicated to viral research. The lab is housed in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and is part of the Oscar E. Olson Research Laboratories at the South Dakota State University.



Diego Diel

Assistant Professor, Virology

Dept. of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

South Dakota State University

Diego G. Diel, DVM, MS, PhD, is an assistant professor of Virology at the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at South Dakota State University. After obtaining his DVM and MS degree in virology from the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, he conducted his doctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After completion of his PhD in 2010, Dr. Diel joined the USDA Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory for post-doctoral training and then returned to the University of Illinois in 2013 for a second post-doc. In August, 2014 Dr. Diel joined the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the South Dakota State University as an assistant professor. In 2016, he also became the diagnostic virology section leader in the Animal Disease and Research Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL). Currently, Dr. Diel serves on the editorial board of Archives of Virology. He has a broad experience in virology and has worked with multiple viruses affecting different animal species.

Dr. Diel's profile at SDSU

Current Lab Members

We have a talented group of people with broad expertise in basic and molecular virology and immunology.


Maureen Fernandes

PhD Candidate



Mayara Maggioli

Postdoctoral Fellow



Jessica Noll

MS Scholar

Postdoctoral Fellow



Megan Tweet

Undergraduate Research Assistant



Lok Joshi

PhD Candidate



Fernando Bauermann

Research Associate



Alaire Buysse

Undergraduate Research Assistant




Samuel VanOrman

Undergraduate Research Assistant



Travis Clement

PhD Candidate



Bishwas Sharma

MS Candidate



Erin Cutts

Undergraduate Research Assistant



Fernando S. Rodrigues, Visiting Scientist (2016-2017) (Affiliation: Federal University of Santa Maria)

Mathias Martins, Visiting Scientist (2017) (Affiliation: Federal University of Santa Maria)

Marcelo de Lima, Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2017) (Affiliation: Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil)

Kyle S. Hain, MS Graduate (2015-2016) (Current affiliation: Montana State University)

Kristin A. Mohr, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2016-2017

Samuel Alfred, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2015-2016)

Jaelin Otta, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2014-2016)

Garret Alfred, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2014-2016)

Interested in joining our lab?

We are always looking for dedicated and hardworking students and scientists. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our team.