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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 bats to bat-borne human pathogenic viruses that typically lead to apathogenic, persistent infections in the bats. Current areas of interest are the recently-discovered HL18NL11 bat influenza A virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Nipah virus and ebolaviruses. Most work in the lab focuses on bat-borne viruses using a unique breeding colony of Jamaican fruit bats as an animal model (although Zika virus research is also an area of interest). Active projects are funded by NIAID and DARPA to develop a better understanding as to why bats host such high impact human pathogens that cause no discernible disease in bats. Bats have a number of seemingly unusual immunological features about them, including constitutive activation of the type I interferon pathway, little evidence of inflammatory responses, an extremely large number of immunoglobulin VDJ germline segments (11x larger than humans), and little evidence of somatic hypermutation. These unusual features have undoubtably shaped the genomes of bat viruses, and it may be that they also contribute to the highly pathogenic nature of bat-borne viruses in humans.​

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