Edson deOliveira, a biology major at Nebraska Wesleyan University was awarded a Boren scholarship and with the assistance of IINSPIRE LSAMP, he has been conducting research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since September 2015 studying the Hantavirus. He is collaborating with Nebraska Wesleyan University faculty member Dr. Terry McGinn and Brazilian researcher Dr. Marcelo Weksler to detect this virus utilizing viral genome sequencing techniques on rodent populations. The goal of this research is to develop a rapid detection technique for the Hantavirus in potential outbreak situations. Through the assistance of IINSPIRE LSAMP, he has cultivated a diverse skillset and is one step closer to achieving his goal of becoming a cultural and medical ambassador working in the area of global health and infectious disease.
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