Honored Faculty Speaker
Kathryn Dye, PH.D.
Virus Factory Shutdown: Investigating Ebola Virus Entry and Reproduction
Tuesday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Katy Dye has been an assistant professor of biology in the science department at Mount St. Mary’s University since 2009, where she teaches introductory biology, genetics, immunology, and virology. Dr. Dye attended graduate school at Loyola University Chicago where she earned her doctoral degree in microbiology and immunology. Dr. Dye’s research areas are in virology and cell biology, and she focuses on infection of cells by Ebola virus and reproduction of Ebola virus in those cells.
During a virus infection, the normal biochemical pathways and machinery in cells are hijacked and used to produce more viruses; infected cells become virus factories. Dr. Dye investigates the route by which Ebola virus enters cells and the effects of infection on the cells. She also modifies normal cellular machinery in order to determine the role of various factors in virus reproduction. Understanding how Ebola virus works enables physicians and scientists to develop preventative measures and treatments.
Prior to joining the Mount community, Dr. Dye held a postdoctoral fellowship at National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Md.; she has also served as visiting faculty at U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick since 2008. Dr. Dye lives in Frederick, Md., with her husband John and their two children.