2019 School Of Pharmacy Graduate Helping Conduct Important COVID-19 Research At Johns Hopkins

Patrick Creisher in a labA 2019 Duquesne University School of Pharmacy graduate now pursuing a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University has been an integral part of a team conducting important research related to COVID-19.

Patrick Creisher, Pharm.D., is now in his second year studying in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is part of the Sabra L. Klein Lab.

The lab has been very involved during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Creisher has worked with many investigators to develop and characterize animal models of COVID-19. Outside of COVID-19 research, he has focused on understanding viral pathogenesis during pregnancy, including Influenza and Zika viruses.

Patrick Creisher Johns Hopkins headshotAt Duquesne University, Creisher worked in the lab of Dr. Lauren O'Donnell. The O'Donnell Lab studies how the immune response to viruses changes with age, especially in different areas of the body such as the brain. While earning his Pharm.D., Creisher also pursued a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences-an option for student pharmacists that offers an intensive research experience to prepare them for careers in research.

While pursuing this additional degree, Creisher looked at how changes in brain development lead to different disease outcomes in adults and newborns. Specifically, he looked at how immune signaling systems in the brain change with age, and how those changes influence the success of an immune response to a virus in the brain. His research at Duquesne was recently published in Developmental Neurobiology: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/dneu.22778

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