Weaver Lab Research

Our research explores the use of bioinformatics, phylogenetics, immunology and molecular biology to study the basic mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and to create improved vaccines against microbial diseases. My research program can be broken into two arms, vaccine antigen design and vaccine platform design. First, we are testing ancestral/centralized genes to determine if they are useful as universal vaccines  in vivo.  In addition we are exploring systems biology approaches to improve vaccine antigen design to improve the breadth and efficacy of the vaccine antigens. Second, vaccine platform design explores the use of alternative viral vectors as vaccines, as well as the development of safer more effective viral vaccine platforms.

Eric Weaver, Assistant Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, Brianna Bullard, graduate student in biology, and Amy Lingel, research technician, are part of the group whose research may one day provide for a universal flu vaccine. November 1, 2017.  Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communications

Research Opportunities

We are always looking to add passionate researchers to our team.  Our research is focused on directly affecting science and society.  The ultimate goal of this research is to have a significant effect on the field of vaccinology and to improve the quality of life of as many people as possible.