University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department Of Animal Science
111 Morrison Center
Lincoln, NE 68583-0900
(402) 472-4528

Assistant Professor

The Vu Laboratory is interested in translational research that helps promote animal health and well-being. The overarching goal is to develop effective intervention strategies to control viral diseases in animals. Currently, the lab is devoted to studying three major swine viruses: porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), swine influenza virus (SIV), and African swine fever virus (ASFV). The research topics include:

  1. Characterization of host immune responses to natural infection or vaccination
  2. Identification of viral proteins and/or epitopes capable of eliciting protective immunity
  3. Rationale design of safe and efficacy vaccine immunogens


2013 – 2014

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2009 – 2013

PhD in Integrative Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2007 – 2009

MS in Veterinary Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2000 – 2005

BS in Veterinary Medicine, University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam

Professsional Experience


Assistant Professor
Department of Animal Science and Nebraska Center for Virology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

2014 – 2017

Research Assistant Professor
Nebraska Center for Virology, UNL

Professional Services

2020 – 2023

Member of the American Society for Virology Membership Review Committee


Associate Editor of Journal of Medical Virology


Guest editor of a Special Issue in Vaccines


Member of the Coronavirus Disease-Immunology peer review panel for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs


Member at large of the NC-229 Multistate Committee


Scientific Committee Member of the North American PRRSV Symposium


Google Scholar



Omtvedt Innovation Award Nomination for Teams


Parents Recognition award for service to students, UNL Parents Association


Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research, awarded by ARD IANR


Breakthrough Innovation of the Year awarded by NUtech Ventures

Courses Taught

ASCI 446/846

Domestic Animal Immunology
(3 Credits)


Veterinary virology
(3 Credits)


A non-naturally occurring porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and methods of using
Inventors: Vu HL., Osorio FA., Laegreid W., Pattnaik AK., and Ma F.
Patent #: 10,072,046, issued Sept 11, 2018
Patent #: 10,738,088, issued Aug 11, 2020

This technology is exclusively licensed to an animal health company for commercialization.

Synaptogyrin-2 influence replication of porcine circovirus 2
Inventors: Ciobanu D., Vu HL., Engle T., and Walker L.
Patent # US 62/610,812, applied September 17, 2018


Systematic screening of African Swine Fever Virus proteome for identification of immunogenic antigens.
Vu, H. (PI), McVey S., and Lai, H.
USDA-NIFA pending
Jul 2022 – Jun 2025

Assessing the feasibility of the mRNA vaccine technology for use against ASF
Vu H. (PI)
NPB #21-126
Dec 2021 – Nov 2022

2020 Borlaug Fellowship - Vietnam: African Swine Fever Vaccine Development.
Calegare L., and Vu H (Co-PI)
USDA -FAS-Borlaug
Sep 2020 – Aug 2022

Deconstructing the role of SYNGR2 in viral disease susceptibility in livestock
Ciobanu D., Vu H. (Co-PI), and Kachman S
USDA-NIFA Grant No. 2020-67015-31415
Jul 2020 – Jun 2023.

FoodCoVNET: A Collaborative Approach to Managing SARS-Cov-2 Within the Food Industry: Filling Data Gaps and Impacting Behaviors.
Chapman BJ., Chaves BD., Danyluk MD., Schaffner DW., Koci MD., Montazeri N., Vu H. (Co-I), Binder A., Gunter C., Jacob M., Krugg M., and Melendez M
USDA-NIFA Grant No 2020-68003-32789
Sep 2020 – Aug 2022.

A novel platform for rapid and sustainable induction of protective immunity against animal influenza viruses (NC-229)
Vu H. (PI), Dehlon G., and Sillman S.
NE AES/ Enhanced-Hatch
Oct 2019 – Sep 2024.

Identify novel host factors required for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infection.
Vu H (PD), Libault M., and Ciobanu D.
NE AES/Animal Health
Oct 2019 – Sep 2024

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