Patrick Slaine

Postdoctoral Fellow

Patrick is investigating the contribution of PA-X host shutoff to influenza A virus pathogenesis in the murine infection model.

“I am originally from a farm in a small town in southern Ontario. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. I moved to Halifax in 2015 to continue my education at Dalhousie University. Moving from a small farm to a city has been a significant change for me, but I love the atmosphere of Dalhousie and the Atlantic coast. I am grateful to have joined the McCormick lab for my Doctorate degree in the department of Microbiology and Immunology, and I am excited to continue my research with Dr. Khaperskyy. I love working with my hands, my happy place is doing a plaque assay. When I am not working, I like to spend my time with people, reading, and adventuring.

During my doctoral degree, I focused on the interaction between IAV and the host’s biosynthetic pathways found in the cytoplasm and the endoplasmic reticulum. I studied these pathways in hopes to identify targets for host-directed antivirals – compounds that would impair a host factor essential to virus replication. My doctoral work led to the publication of 7 peer reviewed articles, many were co-authored with Dr. Khaperskyy.”