Dr. Kuchipudi is the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Emerging Infectious Diseases and Associate Director of Animal Diagnostic Laboratory at Penn State University. He is an American College of Veterinary Microbiologists board-certified specialist in virology and immunology. The central theme of Dr. Kuchipudi's research is the investigation of host and virus determinants of zoonotic virus spillover, with the overall goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying the emergence of a new epidemic or pandemic viral pathogens and translating this knowledge for the development of innovative diagnostics and novel interventions.
A new variant named omicron (B.1.1.529) was reported by researchers in South Africa on Nov. 24, 2021, and designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization two days later. Omicron is very unusual in that it is by far the most heavily mutated variant yet of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The […]