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Nito Panganiban

Nito Panganiban

Tulane University


Nito Panganiban, Ph.D., is Professor and Interim Division Chair of Microbiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center, Chief Scientific Officer at Peptineo, and a member of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Panganiban received his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Washington, where he carried out research on bacteriophage RNA processing in Helen Whiteley's lab. He did two years of postdoctoral work on retrovirus replication in Howard Temin's lab at the McArdle Lab for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty at McArdle. He was then a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He moved to Tulane in 2012. Past work has centered on retrovirus replication including HIV. Dr. Panganiban does research on diverse emerging RNA viruses, with emphasis on pathogenic, zoonotic RNA viruses including members of the bunya- and flavivirus families including Zika virus, Rift Valley Fever, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, and hantaviruses. He is an expert in multiple facets of molecular virology and nonhuman primate models for RNA viruses, vaccines, virus-host interaction, high containment facilities, molecular biology, and genomics. In addition to his academic research and teaching, he is CSO of Peptineo (a biotech firm based in Albuquerque), and has served on numerous NIH, and additional, national committees and panels, and has served as a consultant for biotech and multi-investigator consortia.

Research Interest

Differential gene expression using transcriptome analysis, RNA biology, RNA viruses, emerging viruses, zoonotic viruses, host-pathogen interaction, viruses requiring high containment facilities, genomics