FEBRUARY 2024

Article featured in Editors' Highlights on Nature Communications (Nature.com)

by  Nature Communications

MAIVeSS: streamlined selection of antigenically matched, high-yield viruses for seasonal influenza vaccine production.

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FEBRUARY 12, 2024

Bond LSC researchers create model to shorten flu vaccine development and bolster efficiency

by  Sarah Gassel, University of Missouri

Flu vaccines could be getting a booster of their own with the help of machine learning.

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2023

Cynthia Tang and Brian Thomas receive NIH F30 fellowships

by  Show Me Mizzou

Cynthia Tang and Brian Thomas, student scientists at the University of Missouri’s Bond Life Sciences Center, both recently received F30 fellowships from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2023

Wan recognized with Curators’ Distinguished Professor award

by  MU School of Medicine

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has recognized Xiu-Feng “Henry” Wan, PhD as a Curators' Distinguished Professor.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2023

Xiu-Feng 'Henry' Wan named Curators' Distinguished Professor

by  Mizzou Engineering

Xiu-Feng “Henry” Wan has been named a Curators’ Distinguished Professor, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Missouri, for his ground-breaking studies of Influenza A and other pathogenic viruses used to develop vaccines and understand how viruses emerge and spread.

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2023

Fellowship Spotlight: Cynthia Tang

by  Beni Adelstein, University of Missouri

Research skills aren’t built in a day, but Cynthia Tang’s diligence brought those skills to bear as she recently received a National Institutes of Health fellowship to further her budding career in science.

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JULY 11, 2023

APHIS Releases Research on Sars-Cov-2 Transmission in White-Tailed Deer Throughout the U.S.

by  USDA APHIS

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released national research from its first year of studies and sampling of white-tailed deer for active infection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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MARCH 10, 2023

The coronavirus has infected New York City’s rats. Why that’s bad news for people

by  Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times

Rats, whose populations in cities exploded during the pandemic, have now joined the list of wildlife believed to be capable of catching and transmitting the virus that causes COVID-19, new research finds.

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MARCH 10, 2023

Another reason to avoid rodents: NYC's rats found infected with virus that causes COVID

by  Karen Weintraub, USA Today

There are supposedly as many rats as people in New York City (hold the jokes, please) and some of them carry variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study published this week.

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MARCH 10, 2023

Millions of NYC Rats Could Be Carrying COVID-19, Study Finds; Human Threat Uncertain

by  Brian Price, NBC New York

The rodent population scouring New York City, already public enemy no. 1, poses a new threat as researchers reveal that millions of wild rats could be carrying the virus that causes COVID-19.

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MARCH 10, 2023

New York City Rats Carry COVID-19, Study Finds

by  Simmone Shah, Time

A new study has found that not even New York City’s rats are immune to COVID-19.

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MARCH 9, 2023

New York City rats can catch the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, study finds

by  Katherine Dillinger, CNN

The millions of Norway rats that live alongside New Yorkers are among the animals that can catch the virus that causes Covid-19, a new study says. However, reports of the virus spreading from any types of animals to humans remain rare.

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MARCH 9, 2023

Study Shows New York City Rats Carry SARS-CoV-2

by  American Society for Microbiology

A new study has demonstrated that rats are susceptible to infection with Alpha, Delta and Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2 and wild rats in the New York City municipal sewer systems and elsewhere in the city have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2.

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MARCH 2, 2023

School of Medicine and Informatics Students, Staff Earn Mizzou 18 Award

by  MU School of Medicine

The Mizzou 18 honorees include six students from the MU School of Medicine and two staff members, the most of any school or college this year..

Cynthia Tang, graduate student in Systems BioLab, was one of those chosen to recieve the Mizzou 18 Award

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MARCH 2, 2023

2023 Mizzou 18 and ’39 announced

by  SHowMeMizzou

This week, the Mizzou Alumni Association and Alumni Association Student Board named the 2023 Mizzou 18 Award and Mizzou ’39 Award recipients.

Cynthia Tang, graduate student in Systems BioLab, was one of those chosen to recieve the Mizzou 18 Award

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SPRING 2023

Bird Flu Blazes On

by  Saima May Sidik, Audubon Magazine

Facing an outbreak that’s unusually deadly for wild birds and spreading to more mammals, scientists worry about when, or if, it will end.

While inoculations could target high-risk animals such as free-range chickens that interact with wild birds, incomplete measures also risk speeding the rise of new variants, says University of Missouri virologist Henry Wan.

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FEBRUARY 21, 2023

School of Medicine Hosts 2023 American Physician Scientists Association Regional Meeting

by  MU School of Medicine

Cynthia Tang, an MD/PhD student at the MU School of Medicine presents her research at the 2023 American Physician Scientist Association Regional Meeting on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023.

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JANUARY 31, 2023

Five MU faculty named 2022 AAAS Fellows

by  ShowMeMizzou

...the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named five University of Missouri professors as 2022 Fellows for their distinguished efforts in advancing various fields of science.

Wan is being recognized for his “distinguished contributions to the fields of virology, systems biology, and engineering, particularly for studies of highly pathogenic influenza with a focus on transmission, ecology, diversity and vaccine development.”

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NOVEMBER 16, 2022

Xiu-Feng “Henry” Wan receives $5 million grant to study animal-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2

by  ShowMeMizzou

Wan ultimately hopes the work can help prevent another worldwide pandemic.

University of Missouri Professor Xiu-Feng “Henry” Wan recently received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate how SARS-CoV-2 impacts various species of animals and whether those animals might send new variants of the virus back to us.

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NOVEMBER 2, 2022

Study finds high prevalence of COVID-19 and flu co-infections during 2021-2022 flu season

by  Newswise

Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have discovered a high prevalence of COVID-19 co-infections in central Missouri during the 2021-2022 flu season, with a monthly co-infection rate as high as 48% among individuals with COVID-19.

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APRIL 25, 2022

Personalizing the Fight Against Flu

by  ShowMeMizzou

With the opening of the NextGen Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases, MU researcher Henry Wan is working toward a deeper understanding of the flu.

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OCTOBER 5, 2020

Influenza: How it Transmits from Birds to Pigs

by  By Becca Wolf

Geese will soon fill the skies as they migrate south in V-formation as the weather gets colder and the leaves start changing color. For a month or so, migrating birds take over, crossing roads, sitting in parks and stopping to eat leftover seeds in farm fields or swim in ponds as they travel south for the winter.

What people may not realize is that some of these birds are carrying something harmful, yet invisible to the naked eye. That something is influenza A viruses that can transmit from birds to pigs and then to humans.

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JUNE 12, 2020

Flu researcher brings team together to tackle COVID-19

by  Janese Heavin (Computer Science, COVID-19, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Health / Medicine, Research

Professor Henry Wan has studied flu viruses for years, and he can assure you, coronavirus is not the same. It’s trickier. Less predictable And for many, deadlier.But there are insights scientists can glean from decades of research around the transmission of the flu. That’s why a team of Mizzou researchers is turning its collective attention to COVID-19.

The group recently received National Science Foundation RAPID funding to analyze how the Spanish Flu of 1918 impacted Missouri and determine how those transmission patterns might apply to today’s pandemic. Lisa Sattenspiel, chair of anthropology in MU’s College of Arts & Science, is the project’s principal investigator. Carolyn Orbann, an associate teaching professor of health science in the School of Health Professions, is a co-principal investigator.

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JUNE 11, 2020

The Show-Me Futures Podcast - Science and society

by  Office of Student Engagement at the University of Missouri

Virologist Dr. Henry Wan, anthropologist Dr. Lisa Sattenspiel, and historian Dr. Kristy Wilson-Bowers meet on this episode of the Show-Me Futures Podcast Series to discuss the research impacts of COVID-19 at the University of Missouri. Topics include the active COVID-19 research, pandemic modeling, and science communication. Podcast hosted by Miki Hodel and edited by Hope Davis.

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JUNE 9, 2020

Understanding how Spanish flu spread could help state prepare for next COVID-19 wave

by  Teresa Ann Cowden

For more than 40 years, Lisa Sattenspiel has been an anthropologist and infectious disease expert. Twenty-five years ago, she started studying the 1918 Spanish flu. Today, she is bringing a career’s worth of experience to helping understand how COVID-19 might play out in Missouri.

Sattenspiel, a professor and chair of MU’s Department of Anthropology, is the principal investigator of an interdisciplinary team looking at how and why the Spanish flu affected each Missouri county differently.

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APRIL 29, 2020

Influenza & COVID-19 Research: A Campus-wide Effort

by  Becca Wolf in Research

With shelter in place orders being extended throughout the country and events being canceled, COVID-19 is a pressing issue, and influenza researchers at MU have been pivoting recently to begin studying the virus.

Henry Wan, an influenza researcher and Bond LSC principal investigator, is planning on expanding his work to start looking at COVID-19 along with a team of epidemiologists, anthropologists, engineers, and more at MU. While influenza and COVID-19 are not the same virus, both are infectious respiratory illnesses transmitted through similar ways.

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FEBRUARY 02, 2020

Bringing in talent: New labs look for recruiting edge at annual event

by  Jerry Duggan

It was an entirely new process for Henry (XiuFeng) Wan as he spent part of last weekend wooing potential graduate students at the 11th annual Graduate Life Sciences Joint Recruitment Weekend at the Bond Life Sciences Center.

As a relatively new faculty member, Wan took his first stab at recruiting in a way he’s never had to before. Previously having worked for years at Mississippi State University, he has never had to actively recruit students for his lab before but sees it as an exciting challenge.

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JANUARY 24, 2020

#IAmScience Kaitlyn Waters

by  Mariah Cox

It’s common knowledge that all Ph.D. candidates must complete research in preparation for a dissertation, but what happens when one’s faculty mentor moves to a different school before completion?

Kaitlyn Waters found herself in that situation as she was preparing for the final year of her Ph.D. program. Waters, a current veterinary medical sciences Ph.D. candidate at Mississippi State University (MSU), is finishing her research in the Bond Life Sciences Center with primary investigator Henry Wan. Wan came to Mizzou last summer from MSU as a joint professor in the School of Medicine, the departments of Veterinary Pathobiology, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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JANUARY 1, 2020

#IAmScience Karen Segovia

by  Mariah Cox

Karen Segovia wanted to work with animals the moment her childhood dog fell sick. With few veterinarians near the rural town in Perú where she grew up, she felt powerless to help, and that inspired her to eventually go to veterinary school.

But it was her preparation for her dissertation to meet the degree requirements at San Marcos National University veterinary school that refined Segovia’s focus on something smaller. Already interested in virology, her research narrowed in viruses and avian flu. A connection with a colleague led her to wild bird reservoirs to study samples for various avian viruses.

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AUGUST 22, 2019

#IAmScience Henry Wan

by  Mariah Cox

Every year we all tend to pay a visit to the doctor to get ahead of cold and flu season. Nothing could be worse than being in the midst of a hectic time at work or school and being out of commission. Many don’t think twice about the annual flu shot, it just becomes a part of their autumnal routine. But for Henry Wan, a new primary investigator in the Bond Life Sciences Center, a significant portion of his life revolves around understanding how flu viruses get transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa as well as tracking down more effective influenza vaccination strains.

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