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Victor Huber, Ph.D.

victor.huber@usd.edu

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Position:

  • Associate Professor, Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • USD Sanford School of Medicine

Education:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Infectious Diseases, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology, Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY
  • Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
  • B.S., Biology, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD

Current Research:

Victor Huber received his training in both immunology and virology, and uses this background to model more effective vaccines against influenza viruses. Specifically, Dr. Huber is using a technique known as DNA shuffling to generate influenza vaccines that protect against both swine and human-origin influenza A H1N1 viruses. The long term goal of this project is to develop universal vaccines that can induce broad immunity, and prevent future pandemics.

In addition, Dr. Huber is working with a multi-disciplinary group of scientists at the Sanford School of Medicine and elsewhere on a model of secondary bacterial infections that lead to mortality associated with influenza viruses. The team utilizes clinically relevant approaches to define the contributions of vaccine-induced immunity toward limiting secondary bacterial infections. Specifically, they are focusing on host, viral, and bacterial contributions toward the development and prevention of these devastating super-infections. These efforts include influenza virus surveillance within swine populations for evidence of changes in circulating viruses that may predict interspecies transmission events that are associated with pandemics.