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Saguna Verma

Saguna Verma

Saguna Verma
Dept of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii, USA


Dr. Sagun Verma is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at the Medical School of the University of Hawaii.As a biochemist and molecular biologist by training, Dr. Verma obtained a Ph.D in Life Sciences from India (University of Indore). During her post doctoral training as a Project Scientist at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India worldwide known for applied and translational immunology research, she trained herself as an immunologist.  Her research interest is to study various host cell-signaling pathways associated with infection with viral pathogens to ultimately design therapeutic interventions and/or adjunct therapies to improve disease pathology.

Research Interest

Dr. Sagun Verma’s research interest is to understand immunological events associated with pathogenesis of neurotropic viruses, such as virus-CNS entry, induction of inflammation and neuronal death. Using dengue and West Nile virus infections in the in vitro and in vivo mouse models, her lab is characterizing the pathways associated with blood-brain barrier disruption, epigenetic modulation and pathogen recognition receptors that recognize viruses and govern the innate immunity and inflammation.