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Vivek R. Nerurkar
Title Professor and Chair
Faculty Rank
Degree Ph.D.
Institution University of Hawaii
Department Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
Clusters HIV/AIDS
Infectious and Immunological Diseases
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John A. Burns School of Medicine
Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology a
651 Ilalo Street, BSB320G
City Honolulu
State HI
Postal Code 96813
Telephone 808 692-1668
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  Dr. Vivek R. Nerurkar, who joined the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) in 1994, to develop the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), NCRR-supported Retrovirology Activity following a five-year appointment as a Visiting Fellow and Visiting Associate of the NINDS, NIH, has mentored over 100 undergraduate and graduate students, technicians and postdoctoral fellows in laboratory-based research during the past 25 years. Dr. Nerurkar’s major area of research interest is in infectious diseases, specifically to study the pathogenesis of orphan diseases and orphan microbial agents. Over the past two decades he has conducted research in the diverse but related areas of virology, specifically neurovirology.

Dr. Nerurkar conducts research on pathogenesis of West Nile virus-associated meningoencephalitis and pathogenesis of the fatal demyelinating disease, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). A talented virologist, Dr. Nerurkar, has extensive experience in classical and molecular microbiological techniques, as documented in publications appearing in peer-reviewed journals and in successful grant applications from local and national agencies. He has utilized molecular methods to study a wide range of emerging and re-emerging microbial pathogens. Dr. Nerurkar has collaborated nationally and internationally with investigators from various ethnic backgrounds. He has extensive experience of conducting research in international arena and his abilities to train minority students, enrolled at the UHM (a minority institution) and international students and postdoctoral fellows, is well documented in the form of collaborative publications. He is member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), JABSOM; Department of Molecular Biosciences and Biosystems Engineering (MBBE), College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR); and Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences (CNS), UHM. He is part of the NIH Short Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP UP) Summer program, which trains high school and undergraduate students in laboratory research. He is also a mentor of the NIMH, NIH R25 grant, which trains minorities and other disadvantaged students and faculty in conducting research on mental health related issues. Dr. Nerurkar will serve as a Core Director and Mentor on this proposal.

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  Research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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2018International Biomedical Research Training for Hawaiian & Pacific Island Students5T37MD008636-05
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2017Sustainable Research Training and Capacity Building in Liberia for Emerging Viral Epidemics1D71TW010434-01A1
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2017Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium2D43TW009345-06
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2017Biocontainment Core5P30GM114737-03
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2017Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3D43TW009345-06S1
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2017International Biomedical Research Training for Hawaiian & Pacific Island Students5T37MD008636-04
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2016Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium4R25TW009345-05
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2016Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-05S2
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2016Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-05S3
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2016International Biomedical Research Training for Hawaiian & Pacific Island Students5T37MD008636-03
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2016Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-05S1
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2016Biocontainment Core5P30GM114737-02
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2015Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-04S2
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2015Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-04S1
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2015Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-03S3
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2015International Biomedical Research Training for Hawaiian & Pacific Island Students5T37MD008636-02
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2015Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium5R25TW009345-04
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2015Biocontainment Core1P30GM114737-01
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2014International Biomedical Research Training for Hawaiian & Pacific Island Students1T37MD008636-01
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2014Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium5R25TW009345-03
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2014Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-03S2
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2014Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-02S3
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2014Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-03S1
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2013Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium5R25TW009345-02
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2013Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-02S1
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2013Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-01S1
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2013Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium3R25TW009345-02S2
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2012Northern/Pacific Universities Global Health Research Training Consortium1R25TW009345-01
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2011ACTIVITY 3: TROPICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES DETECTION AND PREVENTION2G12RR003061-26
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2011ASL-3/BSL-3 BIOCONTAINMENT CORE5P20RR018727-07
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2010U HAWAII COBRE: TECHNICAL SUPPORT CORE2P20RR018727-06A1
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2010ACTIVITY 3: TROPICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES DETECTION AND PREVENTION5G12RR003061-25
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2009ACTIVITY 3: TROPICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES DETECTION AND PREVENTION5G12RR003061-24
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2009Migration of polyomavirus JC across the blood-brain-barrier5R03NS060647-02
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2009JCV STUDY5P20RR011091-15
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2008Migration of polyomavirus JC across the blood-brain-barrier1R03NS060647-01A2
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2008JCV STUDY5P20RR011091-14
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2007U HAWAII COBRE: TECHNICAL SUPPORT CORE5P20RR018727-05
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2006ACTIVITY 4: PATHOBIOLOGYOF HIV-ASSOCIATED DISORDERS MENTORING/TECHNICAL CORE2G12RR003061-21
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2006U HAWAII COBRE: TECHNICAL SUPPORT CORE5P20RR018727-04
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2005U HAWAII COBRE: TECHNICAL SUPPORT CORE5P20RR018727-03
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2005ACTIVITY 4: PATHOBIOLOGYOF HIV-ASSOCIATED DISORDERS MENTORING/TECHNICAL CORE5G12RR003061-20
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2004Genetic Determinants-JC Virus Replication/Pathogenicity5S11NS041833-05
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2004ACTIVITY 4: PATHOBIOLOGYOF HIV-ASSOCIATED DISORDERS5G12RR003061-19
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2004CORE--U HAWAII COBRE: TECHNICAL SUPPORT CORE5P20RR018727-02
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2004Genetic Determinants-JC Virus Replication/Pathogenicity3S11NS041833-04S1
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2003Genetic Determinants-JC Virus Replication/Pathogenicity5S11NS041833-04
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2002Genetic Determinants-JC Virus Replication/Pathogenicity5S11NS041833-03
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2002CHARACTERIZATION OF MICROBIAL AGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR VILIUISK ENCEPHALOMYELITIS5U54NS039406-04
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2001Genetic Determinants-JC Virus Replication/Pathogenicity5S11NS041833-02
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2001CHARACTERIZATION OF MICROBIAL AGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR VILIUISK ENCEPHALOMYELITIS3U54NS039406-03S1
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2001CHARACTERIZATION OF MICROBIAL AGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR VILIUISK ENCEPHALOMYELITIS5U54NS039406-03
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2001CHARACTERIZATION OF MICROBIAL AGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR VILIUISK ENCEPHALOMYELITIS3U54NS039406-03S2
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2001Genetic Determinants-JC Virus Replication/Pathogenicity3S11NS041833-02S1
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2000CHARACTERIZATION OF MICROBIAL AGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR VILIUISK ENCEPHALOMYELITIS5U54NS039406-02
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2000Genetic Determinants-JC Virus Replication/Pathogenicity1S11NS041833-01
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1999CHARACTERIZATION OF MICROBIAL AGENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR VILIUISK ENCEPHALOMYELITIS1U54NS039406-01

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1. To A, Medina LO, Mfuh KO, Lieberman MM, Wong TAS, Namekar M, Nakano E, Lai CY, Kumar M, Nerurkar VR, Lehrer AT. Recombinant Zika Virus Subunits Are Immunogenic and Efficacious in Mice. mSphere. 2018 Jan-Feb; 3(1).
2. Bratincsak A, Limm-Chan BN, Nerurkar VR, Ching LL, Reddy VD, Lim E, Shohet RV, Melish ME. Study design and rationale to assess Doxycycline Efficacy in preventing coronary Artery Lesions in children with Kawasaki disease (DEAL trial) - A phase II clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Feb; 65:33-38.
3. Mfuh KO, Tassi Yunga S, Esemu LF, Bekindaka ON, Yonga J, Djontu JC, Mbakop CD, Taylor DW, Nerurkar VR, Leke RGF. Detection of Plasmodium falciparum DNA in saliva samples stored at room temperature: potential for a non-invasive saliva-based diagnostic test for malaria. Malar J. 2017 Oct 27; 16(1):434.
4. Kumar M, Krause KK, Azouz F, Nakano E, Nerurkar VR. A guinea pig model of Zika virus infection. Virol J. 2017 04 11; 14(1):75.
5. Yanagihara R, Nerurkar VR, Hui G, Jacobs GA. Medical School Hotline: Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 01; 76(1):23-26.
6. Kumar M, Ching L, Astern J, Lim E, Stokes AJ, Melish M, Nerurkar VR. Prevalence of Antibodies to Zika Virus in Mothers from Hawaii Who Delivered Babies with and without Microcephaly between 2009-2012. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Dec; 10(12):e0005262.
7. Achonduh-Atijegbe OA, Mfuh KO, Mbange AH, Chedjou JP, Taylor DW, Nerurkar VR, Mbacham WF, Leke R. Prevalence of malaria, typhoid, toxoplasmosis and rubella among febrile children in Cameroon. BMC Infect Dis. 2016 11 08; 16(1):658.
8. Kumar M, Belcaid M, Nerurkar VR. Identification of host genes leading to West Nile virus encephalitis in mice brain using RNA-seq analysis. Sci Rep. 2016 05 23; 6:26350.
9. Culjat M, Darling SE, Nerurkar VR, Ching N, Kumar M, Min SK, Wong R, Grant L, Melish ME. Clinical and Imaging Findings in an Infant With Zika Embryopathy. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Sep 15; 63(6):805-11.