Lab Members

Jacco Boon, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Boon received his PhD in 2003 from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Dr. Boon studies the interaction between the infected host and RNA viruses including influenza virus, Bourbon virus and SARS-CoV-2, with the aim to identify viral or host proteins that can be inhibited by existing and future antiviral drugs. 

Traci Bricker, MSc

Research Lab Supervisor

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from McKendree University.  I have 18 years of experience at Washington University in St. Louis.  My scientific interests include Influenza virus, Bourbon Virus, and more recently SARS-CoV-2. 

Md Shafiuddin, PhD 

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

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.

Astha Joshi, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I did MS in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in India and received a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics PAS in Poland on a thesis entitled “RNA 3D structure determination using hybrid approaches”.  I would like to combine the expertise in genetics and molecular biology techniques developed in Boon lab with my prior experience in structural biology to understand the molecular mechanism of viruses. With a primary focus on exploring the RNA and protein interactions present in the viral genome, which is essential for viral genome packaging.

Ishmael Aziati, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

After many years of research experience at NMIMR-University of Ghana, Ishmael studied at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University and received a PhD in 2019, where he identified a protein important for HIV-1 infection. He is now using many techniques to characterize molecular and cellular events critical for the pathogenesis of influenza and vector-borne infections, as a strategy for new therapy

Houda Harastani 

Graduate Student in Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

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.

Preston Lee 

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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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