David Wessner

Education

Postdoctoral, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Pathology)
Ph.D. Harvard University (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics)
B.A. Franklin & Marshall College (Biology)

Background

I have always been fascinated by viruses. They seem so simple, yet are so complex. Undoubtedly, viruses have caused immeasurable human suffering. Yet, in the near future, researchers may be able to use viruses to treat various human diseases. They also play a critical role in biogeochemical cycling. My research focuses on viral pathogenesis-how viruses cause disease. Currently, students are exploring the potential antiviral properties of compounds synthesized by members of the Chemistry Department.

I'm also very interested in HIV/AIDS education and outreach. In addition to teaching courses about HIV/AIDS, I also work with various student groups, like Warner Hall Eating House, to increase community awareness about this virus and the AIDS pandemic.

Research

Viral pathogenesis, HIV/AIDS education and outreach materials

Teaching

BIO 111 Molecules, Genes, and Cells (and lab)
BIO 202 Microbiology (and lab)
BIO 263 Representations of HIV/AIDS
BIO 360 Biology of HIV/AIDS