Nir Drayman

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Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
School of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015, Virology and Cell Biology
University of California, Irvine
3149 McGaugh Hall (Office)
3305 McGaugh Hall (Lab)
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Single-Cell Virology, Systems Biology, Machine Learning, Live-imaging, Virus-Host interactions, Antivirals, Single-Cell RNA-sequencing.
2016 - 2022 | Postdoc | The University of Chicago | Prof. Savas Tay's lab
2015 - 2016 | Postdoc | The Weizmann Institute of Science | Prof. Uri Alon's lab
Research Abstract
Our lab is fascinated with the vast heterogeneity presented by seemingly identical cells during all stages of viral infection. Our previous work, as well as that of many others, have shown extreme cell-to-cell variability among infected cells in the the timing and level of viral gene expression and the number of progeny they produce.
We aim to uncover the molecular determinants of viral infection outcome, a fundamental question in Virology and Cell Biology, the answer to which will allow the rational design of new anti-viral therapies. The research in the lab focuses on developing new approaches to interrogate virus-host interactions at the single cell level, by combining viral genetics, single-cell RNA-sequencing, microfluidics, live-cell imaging and machine learning, using Herpes Simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) as a model system.
DP2 New Innovator Award (NIAID, NIH) 2022-2027 "Harnessing cell-to-cell variability to understand viral infection outcomes"
Other Experience
Research Centers
Center for Virus Research
UCI Skin Center
Center for Complex Biological Systems
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