Lab Members

Jacco Boon, PhD

Principal Investigator
jboon@wustl.edu

Dr. Boon received his PhD in 2003 from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Boon studies the interaction between the infected host and influenza virus, with the aim to identify viral or host proteins that can be inhibited by existing and future antiviral drugs. 

Traci Bricker 

Senior Research Technician 
tbricker@wustl.edu

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from McKendree University.  I have 15 years of experience at Washington University in St. Louis.  My scientific interests include Influenza and Bourbon Virus. 

Md Shafiuddin, PhD 

Postdoctoral Research Associate
mds@wustl.edu

I received my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2018. My current project in Boon lab is focused on identifying the structural and functional motifs of Influenza virus RNA and understanding their role in viral genome packaging.

Tamarand Darling, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate
tamarandd@wustl.edu

I have a BAS in Emergency Medical Science, a BS in biology and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology specializing in virology.  My thesis work encompassed decreasing  Ebola virus and Marburg virus replication using dimerized llama single domain antibodies and evaluating viral protein-protein interactions.  I am now focusing on more widespread viruses such as Influenza and the host response to viral infection.

Houda Harastani 

Visiting Research Scholar 
houda.harastani@wustl.edu

I have my BSc degree (with honors) in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and a MSc degree in Molecular Biology from the Lebanese American University in Lebanon. With over six years of academic and research experience, I have developed a strong interest and passion in the field of Biology and Biological Sciences. My research interests lie in the area of Molecular Virology, especially in viral packaging, pathogenesis, and vaccine development

Yilin Wang

PhD student of DBBS, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Program
yilinwang@wustl.edu

Yilin has a B.S degree from Nanjing Agricultural University at Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. Yilin also has an M.Sc degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

Preston Lee 

Undergraduate Research Assistant
prestonlee@wustl.edu

Preston is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis studying Biomedical Engineering. He is currently learning various laboratory techniques and his interests include the effect of amino acid changes on the polymerase activity of BRBV-STL. Preston hopes to learn more about how mutations in the PB1 and NP amino acids affect replication efficiency in the Bourbon virus. 

Past Lab Members

Senior Research Technician
Brittany DesRochers

Graduate Students
Anshu Gounder
Camille Linton
Graham Williams

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