Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2005

Patti Kiser (cont.)
Her active participation in the Leishmania genome sequencing and gene function projects led to 3 publications and she was encouraged to apply to graduate school. She earned her MS in Pathobiology at the University of Washington in 2002. In her master's program she studied the role of a novel host protein in HIV particle assembly. After getting her Master's degree, she went to Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked with Dr. Miguel Quinones at the Cleveland Clinic. There she did research on HIV and established experimental systems for infectious viruses including SARS, West Nile, Influenza. In July, Dr. Quinones sent Patti to CSU to finish experiments testing several antiviral peptides against SARS in collaboration with Dr. James DeMartini. It became clear to Patti that to qualify for more active academic and intellectual involvement in research, it was necessary to pursue a PhD. She will be working with Dr. DeMartini on his SARS project in the Emerging Virus Disease Program in the AIDL. Patti met her husband, at the University of Washington; he also worked in Cleveland on HIV and is completing a Post doc position at Univ of Washington. He plans to join Patti in Fort Collins in 6 months. She is settling in with her 2 cats and is happy to be in Colorado. She enjoys outdoor activities, hiking, skiing, camping, and thinks Colorado weather is great!
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