Sherry Blackmon, a DVM/PhD student in our lab, passed her North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)!
Sherry Blackman, a DVM/PhD student in our lab, was selected to attend the AVMA Legislative fly-in to be held in DC on March 26 - 27th . Sherry is one of two students from each vet school selected by the veterinary student officers of Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA).
FLU research team led by MSU's Dr. Henry Wan using "machine learning" and "big data" process to determine the best vaccines for combating new and existing strains.
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A recent collaboration between SystemsBio lab and multiple research institutes, titled "Pathogenicity and transmission of a swine influenza A(H6N6) virus" published in Emerging Microbes & Infections is featured in PIG PROGRESS news. Our findings suggest H6N6 swine IAV (SIV) currently poses a moderate risk to public health, but its evolution and spread should be closely monitored.
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Congratulations to Dr. Henry Wan on being honored the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award at Mississippi State, is congratulated by Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw, left, and Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Greg Bohach, right.
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Congratulations to four outstanding students graduated this semester: Dr. Brigitte Martin, Lucas Ferguson, Bianca Quake, and Karen Nguyen (left to right). Good luck and best wishes to all of you!
A recent collaboration between SystemsBio lab and multiple research institutes, titled "Low-Pathogenic Influenza A Viruses in North American Diving Ducks Contribute to the Emergence of a Novel Highly Pathogenic Influenza A(H7N8) Virus" published in J. Viral. is featured in USGS (U. S. Geological Survey) news.
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Sixty Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are 2016 selections for exceptional research and leadership honors. MSU President Mark E. Keenum welcomed honorees, their guests and senior administrators to a campus awards luncheon Thursday [April 28] in the Hunter Henry Center’s Hal and Linda Parker Ballroom. Keenum praised the researchers and scientists for their work and contributions to the university.
Yifei Xu, a PhD student, and Lucas Ferguson, an undergraduate student, both from our lab, were honored with this great recognition. Congratulations, Yifei and Lucas! Read more
During the university’s recent Graduate Student Research Symposium, 23 men and women working on master’s and doctoral degrees received top awards for their work during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters.
Brigitte E. Martin from our lab presented her research in the panel of LIFE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES and won the 3rd place. Congrats, Brigitte! Read more
On August 13th MSU-CVM held its annual research day symposium. Our lab members have participated in several categories. Yifei Xu, a PhD student, has participated in graduate student oral presentation about H7 Avian Influenza virus. Sherry Blackmon, a DVM-PhD student, and Kaitlyn Waters, a PhD student, have participated and won 2nd and 3rd places in graduate student poster presentation. Dr. Yang, a postdoctoral associate, Minghui Guan, a master student, and Lucas Ferguson, an undergraduate student, have also participated in poster presentation. Congratulations to all our lab members!
Influenza remains among the deadliest diseases known to living organisms on Earth.
Every year, the flu kills thousands of people. But in recent years, the type that scares the public the most has been avian flu strains, such as the H5N1 threat that spread from Asia to Europe and Africa in the early 2000s and has affected 650 humans in 15 countries since 2003.
Now, a new strain of avian flu, H5N2, is moving through poultry farms across the upper plains and Midwest regions of the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Henry Wan, a systems biology professor at Mississippi State University, is among the world's preeminent authorities on avian flu. He said it is important we not overreact with fear.
Wan was the first researcher to recognize and document the avian flu. He was a 23-year-old master's student in his native China when he identified influenza in geese in 1996. It was the original discovery of the H5N1 virus. Read more
While scientists and physicians continue to discuss how this year’s influenza vaccine has proven to be relatively ineffective, a Mississippi professor has already begun working on next year’s vaccine.
Dr. Henry Wan, an associate professor at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, recently won a $1.8 million grant to help research flu strains and develop an effective vaccine for next year’s flu season. Read more
In the midst of one of the worst overall influenza seasons, a Mississippi State researcher is part of an international effort to develop next season's vaccines.
Dr. Henry Wan, an associate professor at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health RO1 grant to develop better ways of determining new flu vaccines. He is a 2002 doctor of philosophy graduate of the college.
Dr. Kent Hoblet, veterinary college dean, said R01 "is the original and historically oldest" NIH grant mechanism. In addition to being highly sought, the awards typically have a funding rate of less than 10 percent of the total submitted proposals, he noted.
To determine funding, Hoblet said the federal agency scores applications and "Dr. Wan achieved a perfect score, a very rare and difficult feat." Read more
Dr. Xiu-Feng (Henry) Wan could be on the faculty of many other major research institutions. He remains at Mississippi State University, however, because of the freedom the institution gives him to research in a manner he finds both personally satisfying and beneficial to animals and humans.
Wan is a leading influenza viral scientist and chooses the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine as his professional base. He is an associate professor in systems biology in the Department of Basic Sciences, a role he has held well over a decade.
A goal for Wan is to take MSU to the pinnacle of research by one day developing a universal vaccine for influenza viruses in humans and animals that is both efficient and economical. Wan became the first scientist to isolate the highly pathogenic H5NI avian influenza virus while doing graduate work in China, and today he continues his life’s research on that particular virus and other viruses. Read more
Mississippi State University has been awarded a $10 million grant for five years of support from the National Institutes of Health to further research focusing on diseases that affect animal and human health.
NIH's Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, provides competitive grants in support of multidisciplinary centers that strengthen institutional biomedical research capacity.
MSU researchers started the planning process for competing for the grant in 2010.
The research will be conducted among three core centers at MSU: the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Institute of Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology, and the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies. The MSU-CVM will administer the grant and research activities. Read more
Seasonal flu causes approximately 24,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year, and a researcher at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is aiming to improve the system for developing life-saving flu vaccines.
Flu viruses change from season to season, and mutations in flu viruses' proteins cause the viruses to change and go through a process called antigenic drift. Once the viruses' hosts (animals and humans) develop immunities to certain strains of a flu virus, the virus changes. Because of this constant fluctuation in viruses, scientists constantly monitor the movement and mutations in viruses to best develop vaccines. This is an expensive and time-consuming process.
Henry Wan, associate professor at MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, and his colleagues recently published a study in mBio, an American Society of Microbiology publication, that outlines a possibly more efficient and cost-effective way to develop flu vaccines. Read more
Pandemic flu continues to threaten public health, especially in the wake of the recent emergence of an H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza strain in humans. A recent study published in PLoS ONE, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, provides new information for public health officials on mitigating the spread of infection from emerging flu viruses. Dr. Henry Wan, associate professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine led a study with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, Marshall University, and Universidad Miguel Hernández in Spain called "A perspective on multiple waves of influenza pandemics" that brings new insight into the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, and may help officials prepare for future pandemics. Read more
Pandemic flu continues to threaten public health, especially in the wake of the recent emergence of an H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza strain in humans.
A recent study published in PLoS ONE, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, provides new information for public health officials on mitigating the spread of infection from emerging flu viruses. Dr. Henry Wan, associate professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine led a study with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, Marshall University, and Universidad Miguel HernÃ¡ndez in Spain called "A perspective on multiple waves of influenza pandemics" that brings new insight into the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, and may help officials prepare for future pandemics. Read more
n associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Henry Wan blends biology with computer science for a better understanding and tracking of influenza viruses.
Wan and his graduate students work on a number of different projects, including genomic dynamics, evolution and ecology of influenza A viruses, influenza-host interaction, new pathogen discovery using meta-genomics, and dynamics of microbial community in hosts and its association with disease burden.
The work Wan has accomplished in these areas while a student and now as a professor shows it takes an understanding of more than just biological sciences to conduct research these days. Students studying with the professor learn the importance of approaching a given project from a variety of angles. Read more
A Mississippi State University researcher has uncovered the first molecular evidence linking live poultry markets in China to human H5N1 avian influenza.
Henry Wan, an assistant professor in systems biology at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, collaborated with scientists in the World Health Organization Collaborative Centers for Influenza in China and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to investigate the connection.
“Although conceptually we knew live bird markets posed a risk for human H5N1 infection, there had previously not been any direct evidence, especially molecular evidence, supporting this hypothesis,” Wan said. Read more
A Mississippi State University researcher has found that biology and computer science make the perfect combination for tracking animal flu viruses.
Henry Wan is an assistant professor in systems biology at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has years of experience studying flu viruses. While doing graduate work in China, Wan became the first scientist to isolate the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus. Soon after this discovery, highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreaks occurred in poultry in Asia, Europe and Africa. More than 440 confirmed human cases across 15 countries were also caused by this virus. About 60 percent of them were fatal.
“I became very interested in influenza viruses during my education,” Wan said. “My research centers around influenza A viruses -- where they come from, why they change and how they spread.”
Wan developed computer programs that provide information on each one of the more than 20,000 viruses’ gene segments. The program displays each gene segment and provides a map showing the distances between the segments. The information is used to determine how the segments relate to each other and group together to form different influenza viruses. Read more