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Tony Schountz


 Schountz Laboratory Information

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​​​Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Office: 100 AIDL, Foothills Campus
Phone: (970) 491-8532

Ph.D., Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
M.S., Emporia ​State University, Emporia, KS
B.S., Newman University, Wichita, KS


​About Dr. Schou​ntz

Dr. Schountz is interested in understanding immune responses of reservoir hosts of emerging zoonotic viruses that typically lead to apathogenic, persistent infections in the reservoirs, the role of immunopathology during viral infection, and vaccine development and immunomodulatory therapeutics for zoonotic viruses. Current areas of interest in the lab are hantaviruses, arenaviruses, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Nipah virus and ebolaviruses. Most work has focused on Sin Nombre virus (SNV) and its reservoir host, the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). SNV causes nearly all cases of hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome (HCPS) in North America, yet it persistently infects deer mice without signs of disease. HCPS has a significant immnopathologic component and our studies are examining immunological differences in deer mice and a pathology model, the Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus). We are also examining pathogenesis of two arenaviruses, Tacaribe virus and Pirital virus, that cause disease in bats and hamsters that is similar to the human South American hemorrhagic fevers. We are also examining how dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius) immune cells respond MERS-CoV. Early-stage projects with Nipah virus and Zaire ebolavirus, in collaboration with NIH investigators, have also been established.

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