Dr. Danmeng Shuai has received a two-year, $489,586 R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the project “Vesicle-Cloaked Virus Clusters as Emerging Pathogens: Will They Challenge Current Disinfection Paradigm?”
Dr. Shuai and Dr. Yun Shen (University of California, Riverside) are principal investigators for this project. Vesicle-cloaked enteric virus clusters are emerging yet largely underexplored environmental pathogens, and previous studies from Dr. Shuai's group have identified that these pathogens are more resistant to disinfection. The funded study will comprehensively evaluate the performance and mechanism of virus inactivation by conventional disinfectants and advance the development of new disinfectants. The research outcome of the study aims to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases and protect public health.