Geiss Lab

Our group’s focus, as part of the Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases (CVID), is to understand how RNA viruses replicate at the molecular and biochemical levels in order to develop novel strategies for the prevention and treatment of arboviral diseases. We are also interested in developing novel virus-based tools that can be used by the wider scientific community. We use a wide range of tools (classical virology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, engineering, computational biology, etc.) to understand how these important human pathogens replicate and use this information to help improve human and animal health.

Dr. Brian Geiss is the director of the Master of Science in Microbiology – Immunology program. This nine-month, non-thesis program is designed to strengthen the scientific academic portfolio of those seeing terminal professional degrees and provide preparation for those seeking careers in biotechnology and research.

research project

Mechanism of Flavivirus RNA Capping

Mosquito-borne flaviviruses are a continuing public health threat. There are currently few vaccines available against flaviviruses and no antiviral therapeutics available for clinical use. This project will provide insight for the development of new antivirals and vaccines to combat these pathogens.

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Real Time Monitor for Airborne Viral Pathogens

The Geiss lab and ADev staff have developed carbon-based electrode arrays that are capable of detecting virus particles, a way to modify carbon electrodes with affinity agents that can selectively bind either virus particle simulants and/or virus particles, and a method for integrating working elect.


A Nuclease Protection ELISA Assay for Colorimetric and Electrochemical Detection of Nucleic Acids.

Filer JE, Channon RB, Henry CS, Geiss BJ.
Anal Methods. 2019 Feb 28;11(8):1027-1034. doi: 10.1039/C8AY02729C. Epub 2019 Jan 24.

Zika virus noncoding sfRNAs sequester multiple host-derived RNA-binding proteins and modulate mRNA decay and splicing during infection.

Michalski D, Ontiveros JG, Russo J, Charley PA, Anderson JR, Heck AM, Geiss BJ, Wilusz J.
J Biol Chem. 2019 Sep 13. pii: jbc.RA119.009129. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.009129. [Epub ahead of print]

An ultra-sensitive capacitive microwire sensor for pathogen-specific serum antibody responses.

Wang L, Filer JE, Lorenz MM, Henry CS, Dandy DS, Geiss BJ.
Biosens Bioelectron. 2019 Apr 15;131:46-52. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2019.01.040. Epub 2019 Jan 29.

Development of an Electrochemical Paper-Based Analytical Device for Trace Detection of Virus Particles.

Channon RB, Yang Y, Feibelman KM, Geiss BJ, Dandy DS, Henry CS.
Anal Chem. 2018 Jun 19;90(12):7777-7783. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b02042. Epub 2018 Jun 1.

Identification of small molecule inhibitors of the Chikungunya virus nsP1 RNA capping enzyme.

Feibelman KM, Fuller BP, Li L, LaBarbera DV, Geiss BJ.
Antiviral Res. 2018 Jun;154:124-131. doi: 10.1016/j.antiviral.2018.03.013. Epub 2018 Apr 20.

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Brian Geiss, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
Director, Online Microbiology - Immunology Master's Program

Loran Anderson, M.S.

Research Associate II

James Terry, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, Microbiology

Davis Moline

Student Researcher


Graduate Student Researcher
Fulbright Scholar

The 2021 Geiss Lab Crew

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