Highly virulent infectious disease (Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers, influenza, etc.) vaccine and therapy development; medical diagnosis and therapy; basic molecular biology and immunology research tools.
Techniques Alex Silaghi Uses:
Group discussion and brainstorming; research of available literature on topic; generation of possible hypotheses explaining problem and identifying feasible models/experiments/tests to test hypotheses;
Alex Silaghi's Problem Solving Skills:
clinical interviewing skills
polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) analysis and manipulation
I identified molecular pathways activated by a vaccine against Marburg and Ebola virus, which could be possibly used in the future as targets of anti-viral research.
I identified minimal virulence determinants in pandemic H1N1 influenza viruses isolated in 2009 in Mexico.
I obtained a highly competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research PhD Scholarship worth $130,000 over 3 years.