Professor, Microbial Infection and Immunity
Program Director, Viruses and Emerging Pathogens Program Area, Infectious Diseases Institute

790 Biomedical Research Tower (BRT)
460 W 12th Ave, Columbus OH 43210

Membership:  Infectious Diseases Institute

Research Interests

The Yount laboratory aims to understand and combat human respiratory and cardiac viral diseases, with a focus on influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 infections. Seasonal influenza remains a top ten cause of human mortality and COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 is the most significant infectious disease of the past century. Further, emergence of new deadly strains is an ever-present threat. Both viruses induce a hyperactive innate immune response known as “cytokine storm” that acts as a double-edged sword in limiting viral replication yet also causing life-threatening inflammatory tissue damage. With robust support from extramural funding sources, the Yount Laboratory's research aims to disentangle the beneficial and detrimental aspects of the antiviral innate immune response. These fundamental studies are necessary for the design of therapeutics that enhance favorable aspects of the immune response, including virus clearance, while restraining those that cause tissue damage.

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760 Biomedical Research Tower (BRT)
460 W 12th Ave, Columbus OH 43210
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Carter Black, Undergraduate Student,
Parker Denz, Graduate Student,
Jinshan He, Research Scientist,
Jeffrey Kawahara, Graduate Student,
Steve Leumi, Post Doctoral Scholar,
Jonathan Papa, Graduate Student,
Jack Roettger, Graduate Student,
Sam Speaks, Undergraduate Student,