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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. From 2014 to 2019, the Diel lab was part of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and the Oscar E. Olson Research Laboratories at the South Dakota State University. In July 2019, the Diel Lab has joined the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.



Diego Diel

Associate Professor, Virology

Dept. of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine

Cornell University

Diego Diel, DVM, MS, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Virology in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. 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). In 2019, Dr. Diel joined the faculty in the the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. 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.

Current Lab Members

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

Maureen Hoch Vieira Fernandes
Lab Manager/Postdoctoral associate
Mathias Martins
Postdoctoral Associate
Leonardo Caserta
Postdoctoral Associate
Patrick Mitchell
Research Associate
Lok Raj Joshi
PhD Candidate
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Jessica Caroline Gomes Noll
PhD Student
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Gabriela Mansano do Nascimento
PhD Student

Current professional and undergraduate trainees

Natalie Zatz, DVM Student

Pranav Krish, Undergraduate Research Assistant


Laura Frazier, Biomedical and Biological Sciences PhD rotation student (2020)

Bishwas Sharma, MS Graduate (2017-2019) (Current affiliation: Medgene Labs)

Fernando V. Bauermann, Research Associate (2016-2018) (Current Affiliation: Oklahoma State University)

Mayara F. Maggioli, Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) (Current Affiliation: Oklahoma State University)

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

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

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

Megan Tweet, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018-2019)

Samuel VanOrman, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018-2019)

Alaire Buysse, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Erin Cuts, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018-2018)

Alaine Buysse, Undergraduate Research Assistant (2017-2018)

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. Contact Us