Mentor: Einav Lab
I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Stanford Pandemic Preparedness Hub, working with Shirit Einav in the Department of Medicine - Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine. Our research employs cutting-edge technologies, ranging from high-end microscopy, Cryo-EM, to multi-OMICS, to explore the selective targeting of viral lipid membranes by peptides/peptoids. This targeted approach aims to offer a secure and effective broad-spectrum antiviral coverage with a high resistance barrier. Our work contributes valuable insights into host-virus interactions throughout various stages of the virus life cycle. In the long term, this translational research is poised to advance the development of a novel strategy to combat multiple viral infections, including newly emerging viral pathogens, thus enhancing our preparedness for future pandemics. This innovative approach has the potential to serve as a primary treatment method upon viral emergence and, once available, could be combined with direct-acting antivirals and/or host-targeted approaches.