Eric Weaver, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Biological Sciences
Nebraska Center for Virology
234 Morrison Center
Lincoln, NE 68583-0900
Phone: 402.472.1971
eweaver2@unl.edu

Publications

Dr. Eric Weaver Bibliography.

Research Interests

My current research explores the use of bioinformatics, phylogenetics, immunology and molecular biology to study the basic mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and to create improved vaccines against microbial diseases. My research program can be broken into two arms, vaccine antigen design and vaccine platform design. First, we are testing ancestral/centralized genes to determine if they are useful as universal vaccines in vivo. In addition we are exploring systems biology approaches to improve vaccine antigen design to improve the breadth and efficacy of the vaccine antigens. Second, vaccine platform design explores the use of alternative viral vectors as vaccines, as well as the development of safer more effective viral vaccine platforms.

Education

2002 - 2005                 NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, Human Vaccine Institute, Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS, “A Universal Env Immunogen for all HIV-1 Subtypes.” 5R21AI055386-02, Mentor: Feng Gao

2002                            Ph.D. in Genetics, Texas A&M University               

Thesis:  “Phylogenetic Analysis of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and the Development of a Mucosal Prophylactic Vaccine” Mentor: Ellen Collisson

1997                            M.S.    in Virology/Immunology, Department of Biology, Texas State University. Thesis:  “Synergistic Antiviral Inhibition of Newcastle Disease virus and Influenza A Virus”  Mentor: Gary Aron

1995                            B.S. in Microbiology, Department of Biology, Texas State University

Professsional Experience

2019 -                            Associate Professor

2012 - 2015                  Associate Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester

2007 - 2015                 Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

2008 - 2012                 Professional Associate in Research, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

2005 - 2006                 Research Associate, Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy

Honors and Professional Affiliations

2020    Parent's Recognition Teaching Award, Division of Student Affairs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and the UNL Parents Association. 

2019    Parent's Recognition Teaching Award, Division of Student Affairs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and the UNL Parents Association. 

2019    Emerging Innovator of the Year 2019. NUTech Ventures. University of Nebraska

2018    Palacios Independent School District, Distinguished Alumni Award

2004  Travel Grant from the 2004 AIDS Vaccine Meeting Organizing Committee. Granted to support   attendance of the 2004 AIDS Vaccine Meeting. Lausanne, Switzerland.

2003  Travel Grant from the 2003 AIDS Vaccine Meeting Organizing Committee. Granted t to support attendance of the 2003 AIDS Vaccine Meeting. New York, New York.

2002    NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship Award at the Human Vaccine Institute in the Department of Infectious Disease at the Duke University Center for AIDS Research.

2002    Fisher Institute Medical Research Award. Awarded to students doing exceptional research in cell biology and genetics. Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

1998    NSF Traineeship in Plant Genetics Purdue University

1997    W. E. (Henry) Norris Jr. Scholarship Award for achievements and future contributions to the graduate program in biology.  Southwest Texas State University, Dept. of Biology. 

1997    George H. Meyer Award in Microbiology for excellence in microbiology.  Southwest Texas State University, Dept. of Biology.

1997    Academic Excellence Award.  Awarded to graduate students with at least a 3.75 G. P. A.  Southwest Texas State University, Dept. of Biology.

1997    Leadership Award.  Southwest Texas State University, Dept. of Biology.

1997    Competitive graduate instructional assistantship for the 1997-98 academic year. Awarded by the Dept. of Biology. Southwest Texas State University