Yang Lab

Melissanne De Wispelaere, Ph.D.



     I am originally from France, and did my PhD at I.N.R.A. - Versailles, under the direction of Mark Tepfer. My research focused on RNA recombination in plant viruses belonging to the Bromoviridae family. After completing my Ph.D in 2004, I moved to U.S.A and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in A.L.N. Rao’s laboratory at University of California Riverside, where I studied RNA replication and encapsidation in viruses of the Bromoviridae family. From 2008 until 2011, I worked in Priscilla Yang’s laboratory and investigated dengue virus interactions with its host, in particular through the utilization of host targeted small molecules inhibitors. In 2012, I moved back to France and developed projects on Japanese encephalitis virus in Philippe Desprès’ laboratory, at the Institut Pasteur. I came back in Priscilla Yang’s laboratory in June 2015, and my current research interests involve the development of small molecule inhibitors of Flaviviruses. I spend most of my free time knitting and going out with friends.