January 31, 2023
Deer Could Be a Reservoir of Old Coronavirus Variants, Study Suggests
A recent study by the Diel Lab in collboration with the Cornell Wildlife Health Laboratory was published by PNAS. The study gained national attention as it revealed the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC) that were nearly extinct in humans. The New York Times highlighted the study.
March 22, 2022
Study defines transmission dynamics and tissue tropism of SARS-CoV-2 in deer
A collaborative study between the Diel Lab and scientists at the National Animal Disease Center (NADC), was recently published in PLoS Pathogens. The study defines the transmission dynamics and tissue tropism of SARS-CoV-2 in this important animal species, which likely serves as a new reservoir species for the virus. The new findings extend on the pioneer manuscript published by the group in the Journal of Virology that defined the susceptibility of white-tailed deer to the virus. Full story can be found at Cornell Chronicle.
March 4, 2022
New USDA grant to develop improved swine influenza vaccine platforms
The Diel Lab was recently awarded a new USDA grant to develop novel vaccine platforms against swine influenza (SIV). SIV is a zoonotic pathogen and one of the top respiratory pathogens affecting swine worldwide. The project will focus on the development of platforms with potential broadly cross-reactive and cross-protective antigens with the goal of reducing the burden posed by influenza A virus in swine and in the hopes to reduce public health implications of frequent zoonotic transmission of the virus to humans. Full story can be found at CornellResearch.
Februarr 22, 2022
New York Times story highlights SARS-CoV-2 infection in animals
The susceptibility of animals to SARS-CoV-2 has been a focus of the Diel Lab since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lab was involved in the characterization of the first animal outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in tigers and Lions at the Bronx zoo in New York City. The collaborative work of the Diel Lab and the NADC to assess the susceptibility of white-tailed deer, swine and cattle to SARS-CoV-2 was highlighted in a story published by the The New York Times discussing independent findings of animal infections with SARS-CoV-2.
July 26, 2020
TWiV 645: Lions and tigers and zookeepers (oh my)
This week in virology (TWiV) 645 discussed a paper published in mBio from the Diel Lab and collaborators from the Bronx Zoo and University of Illinois describing the first animal infection with SARS-CoV-2 in the US. The study shows two independent introductions of SARS-CoV-2 from zookeepers to Tigers and Lions at the Bronx Zoo in NYC in March 2020.
August 19, 2019
Jessica Noll defends her MS in Veterinary Sciences
Jessica Noll defended her MS on August 19th, 2019. Jessica's work focused on the pathogenesis and infection dynamics of caprine alphaherpesvirus 1. Jessica joined the Diel Lab in the Fall of 2017 after completing her DVM at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil. She came through a collaboration between the Diel Lab and the Virology Sector at the UFSM. After earning her MS degree from the UFSM, Jessica will continue at the Diel Lab as a PhD student in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences PhD program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
July 16, 2019
The Diel Lab joins Cornell University
After a productive run at SDSU from 2014-2019, the Diel Lab joined Cornell University in July 2019. The lab will be part of the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. At Cornell the Diel lab will continue its research on emerging viral pathogens affecting livestock and other domestic animal species with especial focus on virus host interactions and viral vaccine development.
June 27, 2019
Maureen Fernandes defends her PhD in Biological Sciences
Maureen Fernandes defended her PhD on June 27th, 2019. Maureen's work focused on basic and molecular interactions of Senecavirus A and host cell death pathways. Maureen joined the Diel Lab in the Spring of 2016 after completing her DVM and MS degree in Virology at the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. Maureen will continue at the Diel Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University.
Bishwas Sharma defends his MS Biological Sciences
Bishwas Sharma defended his MS on June 27th, 2019. Bishwas' work focused on the development of a recombinant live attenuated vaccine candidate for Senecavirus A. Bishwas joined the Diel Lab in the Fall of 2017 after completing his DVM and MS degree in Microbiology at the Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
November 16, 2017
Collaborative Feed Biosecurity Reseach Conducted in Diel's lab Featured on the News
The collaborative project conducted by the Diel's lab in collaboration with Pipestone Applied Research and Kansas State University was recently featured on an article published by the National Hog Farmer. This important and applied project has demonstrated that several viral pathogens survive in animal feed ingredients and feed products under transboundary shipping models that mimic transportation of feed from Asia and Eastern Europe to the US. For a full look on the article please visit the National Hog Farmer web page.
July 14, 2017
New Biologics Research Center Funded by SD GOED
The Diel Lab is part of a newly funded research center, the SD Center for Biologics Research and Commercialization (SD-CBRC). The SD-CBRC comprises investigators from SDSU, USD and Sanford Profile and will focus its research on the development of novel biologics to improve human and animal health.
May 05, 2017
3rd Edition of Veterinary Virology Book released
After the success of the 1st and 2nd editions of the only Veterinary Virology Book in Portuguese, with over 1500 copies sold, the 3rd and updated edition was just released. Dr. Eduardo Flores (picture) from the Federal University of Santa Maria is the organizer of the book which includes 32 chapters covering several aspects of veterinary virology and viral diseases. The book was written by over 25 virologists from around the world. Dr. Diego Diel, Dr. Fernando Bauermann and Dr. Maureen Fernandes from the Diel's lab have co-author several chapters in the new edition of the book. The book is an excellent resource for veterinary and graduate students from Portuguese speaking countries that are interested in virology.
April 11, 2017
Maureen Fernandes wins Sigma Xi and College of Ag Awards
Maureen Fernandes, PhD student in The Diel's Lab received the second place award on PhD paper competition held by Sigma Xi. Maureen also received the Griffith Graduate Agriculture Research Award for her work on Senecavirus A. Maureen is a 2nd year PhD Student that joined The Diel's Lab in January of 2016. She did her DVM and MS studies at the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPEL), Brazil.
December 7, 2016
Lok Joshi and Maureen Fernandes win award at CRWAD meeting
Lok Joshi and Maureen Fernandes won the first place awards in oral presentation and poster presentation respectively at the CRAWD meeting in Chicago in 2016. Lok presented his MS work on Senecavirus, while Maureen presented a study on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus immunology. Additional details about their accomplishments can be found at the SDSU News Center.