February 2019

Congratulations to Andrea Krieter on getting her first first author paper accepted in the Journal of Virology.

September 2019

Dr. Jarosinski was invited to give a seminar at Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center in the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia – Athens.

 August 2019

All students presented their research at the 2019 PATH Graduate Student Expo on August 23rd. Widaliz Vega Rodriguez presented her research “Role of avian alphaherpesvirus conserved glycoprotein C (gC) in Marek’s disease virus (MDV) horizontal transmission.”  Dr. Yvette (Yung-Tien) Tien presented her research, “Characterization of Marek’s disease virion in vitro and in vivo.” Andrea Krieter presented her research, “Determining the role of phosphorylation in Marek’s disease virus (MDV) conserved herpesvirus protein kinase (CHPK).

Widaliz won first prize for best presentation, while Andrea won 3rd place and Yvette was honorable mention. Congratulations to all on jobs well done!

June 2019

Congratulations to Widaliz Vega Rodriguez on publishing her first first author paper.

May 2019

Dr. Jarosinski traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent the UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine, along with two representatives from ACES, at the 2019 Agriculture Research Congressional Exhibition and Reception to demonstrate the value USDA-NIFA funding has provided the agricultural world.

April 2019

Dr. Yvette (Yung-Tien) Tien, Widaliz Vega Rodriguez, and Andrea Krieter presented their research at the 2019 College of Veterinary Medicine Research Day.  Andrea presented both a poster and talk, while Widaliz presented two posters and Yvette presented one poster.

Congratulations to Andrea that won 3rd place for the best presentation!

April 2019

Both Katherine Fleck (Senior) and Zeidy Garcia (Junior) presented their research at the Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 18th .

February 2019

Dr. Ponnuraj’s paper on the role of UL54 (ICP27) during in vitro and in vivo replication was recently published in the Journal of Virology.

January 2019

Dr. Jarosinski presented a seminar at the UIUC School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Microbiology Seminar Series on the role conserved herpesvirus genes play in host-to-host transmission.

October 2018

Dr. Jarosinski’s NIH/USDA grant proposal to the PAR-16-366 Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit will be funded by the USDA beginning in April of 2019 until 2024.  This grant is in collaboration with Dr. Charles Grose at the University of Iowa and will focus on the role the alphaherpesvirus conserved glycoprotein C (gC) plays in host specificity of avian and human herpesviruses.

Above shows the model systems being used to study replication and transmission of herpesviruses.  A shows feathers infected with Marek’s disease virus (MDV) expressing fluorescent protein in feather follicle epithelial (FFE) cells. B shows varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infected human foreskins in culture expressing fluorescent protein.

September 2018

Michael Brooks presented his poster for the Summer Research Training Program on July 31st, 2018 and traveled to  Texas A&M University August 2-4, 2018 to present his poster at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. His work with Yung-Tien (Yvette) Tien focused on development of Marek’s disease virus (MDV) transformed cell lines and their characterization using flow cytometry and immunofluorescence assays.  Michael will continue to work on this project  in his limited free time during his second year of vet school.

August 2018

Dr. Jarosinski attended the 43rd Annual International Herpesvirus Workshop ( in Vancouver, BC, Canada July 21st-July 25th.  He presented 3 posters and gave 1 seminar during the Veterinary Satellite Workshop.

June 2018

A collaborative paper between Drs. Jarosinski and Grose on cellular stress responses to VZV in human skin was recently published in Open Forum Infectious Disease.

August 2017

Widaliz won the Outstanding Scholar Award for the Summer Pre-doctoral Institute (SPI) during the summer of 2017 for her work on determining the chicken-to-turkey host specificity of herpesviruses.

May 2017

Dr. Jarosinski’s chapter in Cell Biology of Herpes Viruses on Interindividual Spread of Herpesviruses is now available.

September 2017

Dr. Jarosinski was invited to speak at the 17th Annual Rocky Mountain Virology Meeting held on the CSU Mountain Campus in Pingree Park Sept. 22-24th, 2017.  His talk was titled, “Understanding host-specificity during herpesvirus host-to-host transmission.”

May 2017

Dr. Yvette (Yung-Tien) Tien received a fellowship from the Taiwanese Ministry of Education to pursue Pathology and her PhD in Dr. Jarosinski’s laboratory starting in the fall of 2017.