Meng Laboratory: Dr. Meng’s C.V.

X.J. Meng, MD, MS, PhD

University Distinguished Professor

Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases

CRC - Integrated Life Sciences Building (0913)
Virginia Tech
1981 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office Phone: 540-231-6912
Lab Phone: 540-231-7124
Fax: 540-231-3426

Education

  • 1995
    Ph.D., Immunobiology
    Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Preventive Medicine
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Iowa State University
    Ames, Iowa
  • 1988
    M.S., Microbiology & Immunology
    Virus Research Institute
    Wuhan University College of Medicine
    (formerly Hubei Medical College)
    Wuhan, Hubei, PRC
  • 1985
    M.D., Medicine
    Binzhou Medical College
    Binzhou, Shandong, PRC

Professional Experience

  • 2013-present  
    University Distinguished Professor
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2007-2013
    Professor of Molecular Virology
    Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2011-Present
    Adjunct Professor of Medicine
    Department of Internal Medicine
    Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine
    Roanoke, VA
  • 2006-Present
    Director
    Virginia Tech NIH Post-DVM Training Program on Animal Model Research for Veterinarians
  • 2006-2008
    Director
    DVM/PhD Dual Degree Graduate Program
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2003-2007
    Associate Professor of Molecular Virology
    Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1999-2003
    Assistant Professor of Molecular Virology
    Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 1998-1999
    Senior Staff Fellow, Molecular Hepatitis Section
    Laboratory of Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda, MD
  • 1995-1998
    John E. Fogarty Visiting Scientist, Hepatitis Viruses Section
    Laboratory of Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda, MD
  • 1991-1995
    Graduate Research Assistant
    Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Preventive Medicine
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA
  • 1988-1991
    Research Associate
    Institute of Basic Medical Sciences
    Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences
    Jinan, Shandong
  • 1985-1988
    Graduate Research Assistant
    Wuhan University College of Medicine (formerly Hubei Medical College)
    Wuhan, Hubei
  • 1984-1985
    Medical Intern
    Affiliated Hospital of Binzhou Medical College
    Binzhou, Shandong

Selected Society Memberships

  • American Society for Virology
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, The National Honor Society of Agriculture
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • National Institute for Animal Agriculture
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week, March 11-15, 2013.
  • Elected Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, Feb. 2012.
  • Honor, Distinguished Service recognition as an Editorial Board member of Journal of Clinical Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, Jan. 2009.
  • Recipient, Inaugural Fralin Life Science Institute Senior Faculty Fellow Award, Nov. 2008.
  • Recipient, Honorary Diplomat, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, April 2008.
  • Recipient, the 2008 Alumni Award for Research Excellence, Virginia Tech, March 2008.
  • Honor, Meng ranked in the top 1% highly cited scientists in the field of Microbiology as well as in the field of Clinical medicine, Thomson Scientific, January 2008 feature: http://www.in-cites.com/scientists/XJMeng.html.
  • Recipient, The 2007 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, Pfizer Inc, May 2007.
  • Honor, Featured faculty in university’s “Spotlight on Achievements”, Nov. 13 - Dec. 10, 2006. Virginia Tech homepage.
  • Recipient, Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week, May 9-12, 2005.
  • Honor, “Outstanding Editorial Board Member”, voted by the editors of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2003.
  • Recipient, Clifton Garvin Fellowship Award, Virginia Tech, 2002.
  • Recipient, The 2001 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, Pfizer Inc, 2001.
  • Recipient, NIAID Research Scholar Development Award, NIH, 1999.
  • Recipient, NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 1997.
  • Recipient, The 1996 Zaffarano Prize for Research Excellence, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1996.
  • Recipient, Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1995.
  • Recipient, CRWAD Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Award, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, Chicago, IL, 1992.

Scientific Reviewer/Editorial Board/Editor

Editors for the Following Journals

  • 2013-present: Editor, mBio.
  • 2012-present: Academic Editor, PloS One.
  • 2012-present: Section Editor, Animal Health Research Reviews.
  • 2011: Guest Editor, Special Issue on PCV2, Virus Research.

Members of Editorial Boards for the Following Journals

  • Animal Health Research and Review, 2012-present
  • Virus Research, 2012-present
  • Virus Research, Guest Editor, Special Issue on PCV2, 2011-2012
  • PeerJ, Academic Editor, 2012-present
  • Veterinary Microbiology, 2009 - present
  • ISRN Veterinary Science, 2010 - present
  • Emerging Microbes and Infections, 2011 - present
  • Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 1999 - 2009
  • The Infectious Disease Review, 2000 - 2002
  • Comparative Hepatology, 2002 - present
  • American Journal of Biomedical Sciences, 2008 – present
  • Current Trends in Microbiology, 2006 – present

Ad Hoc Reviewer for the Following Journals

  • American Journal of Veterinary Research, 2000 - present
  • Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 2004
  • Animal Health Research Reviews, 2004, 2005
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2006 - present
  • Archives of Virology, 2005 - present
  • Avian Pathology, 2006
  • Biotechniques, 2001
  • Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 2006 - present
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, 2000 - 2005
  • Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 2009 - present
  • Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, 2006-present
  • Comparative Hepatology (Editorial Board member), 2003 - present
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2000 – present
  • Hepatology, 1997
  • The Infectious Disease Review (Editorial Board Member), 2000 - 2002
  • International Journal of Experimental Pathology, 2007
  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 1997, 2000
  • Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2011-present
  • Journal of Clinical Microbiology (Editorial Board member), 1995 - present
  • Journal of General Virology, 1996 - present
  • Journal of Hepatology, 1999 - present
  • Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2001 - present
  • Journal of Medical Virology, 1999 - present
  • Journal of Swine Health and Production, 1999 - present
  • Journal of Virology, 2002-present
  • Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 2003-present
  • Journal of Virological Methods, 1997, 1999, 2004-present
  • PLoS ONE, 2009 - present
  • PLoS Pathogen, 2012-present
  • Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2009 - present
  • Vaccine, 2005 - present
  • The Veterinary Journal, 2010 - present
  • Veterinary Microbiology, 2002 - present
  • Virology, 2004 - present
  • Virus Gene, 2007
  • Virology Journal, 2006
  • Virus Research, 2004 - present
  • Xenotransplantation, 2003, 2004
  • FEBS Letters, 2004

Selected Grant Reviewer, Chair, or Panel Member (or Ad Hoc Member)

  • 2011: Chair, USDA-ARS Animal Health National Program NP 103 Panel I – Swine (2011).
  • 2009-2013: Permanent member, NIH VIRA (Virology-A) Study Section.
  • 2009: Rapporteur, European Union Seventh Framework Program Committee, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2008: Chair, NIH Special Emphasis Panel IDM-B (15) Study Section.
  • 2004-2008: Permanent member, NIH DDR Study Section (Drug Discovery and Mechanism of Antimicrobial Resistance).
  • 2007: Member, NIH-NCRR Comparative Medicine Review Committee Special Emphasis Panel CMRC-03.
  • 2004: Panel member, NIH Virology Study Section Special Emphasis Panel (2004/10 ZRG1 IDM-G (02) (S).
  • 2002-2003: Panel member, NIH-NCRR Comparative Medicine Study Section Special Emphasis Panels.
  • 1999-2006: USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.
  • 2001: USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).
  • 2002: USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program.
  • 2002-2007: USDA NC-229 PRRS review committee.
  • 2002: USDA-ARS intramural project plan, National Program 103 (animal health).
  • 2001: U.S. National Science Foundation.
  • 1999: U.S. State Department Civilian Research and Development Foundation, 1999.
  • 1999-2000: Chair for Viral Hepatitis Section of the FY1999 and FY2000 Annual Reports. U.S. Department of Defense's Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, DOD.
  • 1999-2007: Virology Panel Member, U.S. Department of Defense's Military Infectious Diseases Research Program. DOD.
  • 2004-2006: National Pork Board and USDA-NRI PRRS Grant Review Panel.
  • 1999-2002:Chairman, American Cancer Society Virginia Tech IRG committee.
  • 1999, 2001: Ohio Agricultural Res and Development Center Res Enhancement Competitive Grants Program.
  • 2001: North Carolina Biotech Center's Academic Research Initiation Grants Program.
  • 2002-2005: Maryland Agricultural Experimental Station Competitive Grant Program.

Patents

  • Awarded patents: Fifteen U.S. patent awards (no. 6,432,408; no. 6,251,404; no. 6,011,467; no. 6,251,397; no. 5,695,766; no. 7,005,130; no. 6,592,873; no. 7,276,353; no. 7,279,166; no. 7,005,130; no. 7,264,957; no. 7,223,854; no. 7,517,976; no. 7,575,752; no. 7,582,303) on HEV, PCV2, and PRRSV vaccines and diagnostics.
  • Pending U.S. patents: 11 pending U.S. patents (no. 61/515,119, no. 61/410,154, no. 12/861,378, no. 61/350,685, no. 61/349,485, no. 61/316,519, no. 61/314,362, no. 61/235,833, no. 61/124,383, no. 61/000,800, no. 60/350,122)
  • Commercial products: Fostera™ PCV (formerly Suvaxyn PRRSV Vaccine™)

Selected Recent International and National Committees and Services:

  • 1999: NIH Fellow Committee on selecting NIH Fellow Research Excellence Awardees.
  • 1999-2000: Chair, Viral Hepatitis review panel for the FY1999 and FY2000 Annual Report of the U.S. Military Intramural Infectious Diseases Research Program, DOD.
  • 2000-2008: Panel member (Panel A, Viral and Rickettsial Diseases), U.S. Military Intramural Infectious Diseases Research Program, DOD.
  • 2001-2004: Committee member, International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), Subcommittee on Vertebrate Viruses. Hepatitis E virus study group..
  • 2002-2006: USDA NC-229 committee on "Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS): Mechanisms of Disease and Methods for the Detection, Protection and Elimination of PRRS Virus".
  • 2002: Panel member for a Site Visit of the NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Study Section to Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Aug. 26-28.
  • 2003: Panel member for a Site Visit of the NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Study Section to Tulane Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA. Jan. 7-9.
  • 2003-2005: Member of the Multi-Agency Coordinating Group on Animal Health Emergency Preparedness to the Office of Virginia State Veterinarian.
  • 2004: Panel member, USDA-NRI NC-229 PRRS Grant Review and Selection Committee. Des Moines, Iowa. May 11-12.
  • 2004-2005: NIH, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology IRG Drug Discovery and Antimicrobial Study Section (ZRG1 IDM-N 90S). June 17-18, 2004, Washington DC; October 21-22, 2004, Washington DC; and March 3-4, 2005, Bethesda, MD.
  • 2004: NIH Infectious Diseases and Microbiology IRG’s Virology Study Section. July 29.
  • 2005-2006: Member of the Task Force on “Fate and Transport of Zoonotic Bacterial, Viral, and Protozoan Pathogens during Swine Manure Storage, Treatment, and Land Application”, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, and National Pork Board.
  • 2005-2011: Chair, Hepeviridae Study Group. International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), Subcommittee on Vertebrate Viruses.
  • 2006: Member, USDA-NRI Coordinated Agricultural Projects-2 Steering Committee on PRRS.
  • 2006: Member, National Pork Board Planning Committee for PCVAD Workshop.
  • 2007: Member, NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Review Committee (CMRC-03). March 27.
  • 2007: Member, Scientific Program Committee for the 2007 International PRRSV Symposium. Chicago, IL.
  • 2007: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis Session (Dec. 3 morning session), 86th Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL. Dec. 3, 2007.
  • 2008: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis Session (Dec. 8 afternoon session), 87th Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL. Dec. 8, 2008.
  • 2007-2009: Secretary, USDA NC-229 committee on PRRS and related diseases.
  • 2008: Chair, Scientifc Program Committee, 2008 International Symposium on PRRSV. Chicago, IL.
  • 2009: Chair, Scientifc Program Committee, 2009 International Symposium on PRRSV. Chicago, IL.
  • 2009-2013: Permanent member, NIH VIRA (Virology-A) Study Section.
  • 2009: Rapporteur, Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Union Panel, March 30-April 3, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 1999: NIH Fellow Committee on selecting NIH Fellow Research Excellence Awardees.
  • 1999-2000: Chair, Viral Hepatitis review panel for the FY1999 and FY2000 Annual Report of the U.S. Military Intramural Infectious Diseases Research Program, DOD.
  • 2000-2008: Panel member (Panel A, Viral and Rickettsial Diseases), U.S. Military Intramural Infectious Diseases Research Program, DOD.
  • 2001-2004: Committee member, International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), Subcommittee on Vertebrate Viruses. Hepatitis E virus study group..
  • 2002-2006: USDA NC-229 committee on "Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS): Mechanisms of Disease and Methods for the Detection, Protection and Elimination of PRRS Virus".
  • 2002: Panel member for a Site Visit of the NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Study Section to Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Aug. 26-28.
  • 2003: Panel member for a Site Visit of the NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Study Section to Tulane Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA. Jan. 7-9.
  • 2003-2005: Member of the Multi-Agency Coordinating Group on Animal Health Emergency Preparedness to the Office of Virginia State Veterinarian.
  • 2004: Panel member, USDA-NRI NC-229 PRRS Grant Review and Selection Committee. Des Moines, Iowa. May 11-12.
  • 2004-2005: NIH, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology IRG Drug Discovery and Antimicrobial Study Section (ZRG1 IDM-N 90S). June 17-18, 2004, Washington DC; October 21-22, 2004, Washington DC; and March 3-4, 2005, Bethesda, MD.
  • 2004: NIH Infectious Diseases and Microbiology IRG’s Virology Study Section. July 29.
  • 2005-2006: Member of the Task Force on “Fate and Transport of Zoonotic Bacterial, Viral, and Protozoan Pathogens during Swine Manure Storage, Treatment, and Land Application”, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, and National Pork Board.
  • 2005-2011: Chair, Hepeviridae Study Group. International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), Subcommittee on Vertebrate Viruses.
  • 2006: Member, USDA-NRI Coordinated Agricultural Projects-2 Steering Committee on PRRS.
  • 2006: Member, National Pork Board Planning Committee for PCVAD Workshop.
  • 2007: Member, NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Review Committee (CMRC-03). March 27.
  • 2007: Member, Scientific Program Committee for the 2007 International PRRSV Symposium. Chicago, IL.
  • 2007: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis Session (Dec. 3 morning session), 86th Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL. Dec. 3, 2007.
  • 2008: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis Session (Dec. 8 afternoon session), 87th Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL. Dec. 8, 2008.
  • 2007-2009: Secretary, USDA NC-229 committee on PRRS and related diseases.
  • 2008: Chair, Scientifc Program Committee, 2008 International Symposium on PRRSV. Chicago, IL.
  • 2009: Chair, Scientifc Program Committee, 2009 International Symposium on PRRSV. Chicago, IL.
  • 1999: NIH Fellow Committee on selecting NIH Fellow Research Excellence Awardees.
  • 1999-2000: Chair, Viral Hepatitis review panel for the FY1999 and FY2000 Annual Report of the U.S. Military Intramural Infectious Diseases Research Program, DOD.
  • 2000-2008: Panel member (Panel A, Viral and Rickettsial Diseases), U.S. Military Intramural Infectious Diseases Research Program, DOD.
  • 2001-2004: Committee member, International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), Subcommittee on Vertebrate Viruses. Hepatitis E virus study group..
  • 2002-2006: USDA NC-229 committee on "Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS): Mechanisms of Disease and Methods for the Detection, Protection and Elimination of PRRS Virus".
  • 2002: Panel member for a Site Visit of the NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Study Section to Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Aug. 26-28.
  • 2003: Panel member for a Site Visit of the NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Study Section to Tulane Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA. Jan. 7-9.
  • 2003-2005: Member of the Multi-Agency Coordinating Group on Animal Health Emergency Preparedness to the Office of Virginia State Veterinarian.
  • 2004: Panel member, USDA-NRI NC-229 PRRS Grant Review and Selection Committee. Des Moines, Iowa. May 11-12.
  • 2004-2005: NIH, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology IRG Drug Discovery and Antimicrobial Study Section (ZRG1 IDM-N 90S). June 17-18, 2004, Washington DC; October 21-22, 2004, Washington DC; and March 3-4, 2005, Bethesda, MD.
  • 2004: NIH Infectious Diseases and Microbiology IRG’s Virology Study Section. July 29.
  • 2005-2006: Member of the Task Force on “Fate and Transport of Zoonotic Bacterial, Viral, and Protozoan Pathogens during Swine Manure Storage, Treatment, and Land Application”, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, and National Pork Board.
  • 2005-2011: Chair, Hepeviridae Study Group. International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), Subcommittee on Vertebrate Viruses.
  • 2006: Member, USDA-NRI Coordinated Agricultural Projects-2 Steering Committee on PRRS.
  • 2006: Member, National Pork Board Planning Committee for PCVAD Workshop.
  • 2007: Member, NIH, NCRR Comparative Medicine Review Committee (CMRC-03). March 27.
  • 2007: Member, Scientific Program Committee for the 2007 International PRRSV Symposium. Chicago, IL.
  • 2007: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis Session (Dec. 3 morning session), 86th Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL. Dec. 3, 2007.
  • 2008: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis Session (Dec. 8 afternoon session), 87th Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL. Dec. 8, 2008.
  • 2007-2009: Secretary, USDA NC-229 committee on PRRS and related diseases.
  • 2008: Chair, Scientifc Program Committee, 2008 International Symposium on PRRSV. Chicago, IL.
  • 2009: Chair, Scientifc Program Committee, 2009 International Symposium on PRRSV. Chicago, IL.
  • 2009-2013: Permanent member, NIH VIRA (Virology-A) Study Section.
  • 2009: Rapporteur, Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Union Panel, March 30-April 3, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2009-present: Member, Porcine Xenotransplant Infectious Disease Advisory Board. Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • 2010-2012: Chair, USDA NC-229 Committee on detection and control of PRRS and Emerging Viral Diseases of Swine.
  • 2010: Expert consultant, FDA Type C committee meeting, FDA, May 13, 2010.
  • 2010: Expert consultant, FDA Hearing by the “Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee”. Gaithersburg, MD. May 7, 2010.
  • 2010: Member, Retention Review Panel, USDA-National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa. March 30, 2010.
  • 2010: Member, Scientific Program Committee, 4th International ssDNA Comparative Virology Workshop, Guanajuato City, México, November 7-11, 2010.
  • 2010-2015: External expert, Scientific Working Group (SWG), NIH-NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRC)’s Viral Pathogen Database and Analysis Resource (ViPR) project.
  • 2010-present: Member of the Expert Group, European Commission Diseases Control Tools (DICONTOOLS).
  • 2010-2011: Chair, The 2010 and 2011 International PRRSV Symposia. Chicago, IL. December 3-4, 2010, and Dec. 2-3, 2011.
  • 2011: Member, Scientific Program Committee and co-chair of “Vaccine and Antiviral” Session, XIIth International Nidovirus Symposium, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Michigan. June 4-9, 2011.
  • 2011: Chair, USDA-ARS Animal Health National Program NP 103 Panel I – Swine.
  • 2011: Chair, Novel Vaccine and Vaccination Strategy Workshop. December 2, 2011. Chicago, IL.
  • 2012-2015: Member, selection committee of the American Society for Microbiology's "Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award."
  • 2012: Chair, Emerging Diseases session. 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society 2012 Congress. Jeju, South Korea. June 9-14, 2012.
  • 2012: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis session (Dec. 3 morning session), 93rd Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL.
  • 2013-2014: Member, National Pork Board PRRSV Vaccine Literature Review Committee.
  • 2013-2014: Member, Scientific Committee, XIIIth International Nidovirus Symposium, Salamanca, Spain, June 1-6, 2014.
  • 2009-2013: Permanent member, NIH VIRA (Virology-A) Study Section.
  • 2009: Rapporteur, Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Union Panel, March 30-April 3, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2009-present: Member, Porcine Xenotransplant Infectious Disease Advisory Board. Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • 2010-2012: Chair, USDA NC-229 Committee on detection and control of PRRS and Emerging Viral Diseases of Swine.
  • 2010: Expert consultant, FDA Type C committee meeting, FDA, May 13, 2010.
  • 2010: Expert consultant, FDA Hearing by the “Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee”. Gaithersburg, MD. May 7, 2010.
  • 2010: Member, Retention Review Panel, USDA-National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa. March 30, 2010.
  • 2010: Member, Scientific Program Committee, 4th International ssDNA Comparative Virology Workshop, Guanajuato City, México, November 7-11, 2010.
  • 2010-2015: External expert, Scientific Working Group (SWG), NIH-NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRC)’s Viral Pathogen Database and Analysis Resource (ViPR) project.
  • 2010-present: Member of the Expert Group, European Commission Diseases Control Tools (DICONTOOLS).
  • 2010-2011: Chair, The 2010 and 2011 International PRRSV Symposia. Chicago, IL. December 3-4, 2010, and Dec. 2-3, 2011.
  • 2011: Member, Scientific Program Committee and co-chair of “Vaccine and Antiviral” Session, XIIth International Nidovirus Symposium, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Michigan. June 4-9, 2011.
  • 2011: Chair, USDA-ARS Animal Health National Program NP 103 Panel I – Swine.
  • 2011: Chair, Novel Vaccine and Vaccination Strategy Workshop. December 2, 2011. Chicago, IL.
  • 2012-2015: Member, selection committee of the American Society for Microbiology's "Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award."
  • 2012: Chair, Emerging Diseases session. 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society 2012 Congress. Jeju, South Korea. June 9-14, 2012.
  • 2012: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis session (Dec. 3 morning session), 93rd Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL.
  • 2013-2014: Member, National Pork Board PRRSV Vaccine Literature Review Committee.
  • 2013-2014: Member, Scientific Committee, XIIIth International Nidovirus Symposium, Salamanca, Spain, June 1-6, 2014.
  • 2009-present: Member, Porcine Xenotransplant Infectious Disease Advisory Board. Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • 2010-2012: Chair, USDA NC-229 Committee on detection and control of PRRS and Emerging Viral Diseases of Swine.
  • 2010: Expert consultant, FDA Type C committee meeting, FDA, May 13, 2010.
  • 2010: Expert consultant, FDA Hearing by the “Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee”. Gaithersburg, MD. May 7, 2010.
  • 2010: Member, Retention Review Panel, USDA-National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa. March 30, 2010.
  • 2010: Member, Scientific Program Committee, 4th International ssDNA Comparative Virology Workshop, Guanajuato City, México, November 7-11, 2010.
  • 2010-2015: External expert, Scientific Working Group (SWG), NIH-NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRC)’s Viral Pathogen Database and Analysis Resource (ViPR) project.
  • 2010-present: Member of the Expert Group, European Commission Diseases Control Tools (DICONTOOLS).
  • 2010-2011: Chair, The 2010 and 2011 International PRRSV Symposia. Chicago, IL. December 3-4, 2010, and Dec. 2-3, 2011.
  • 2011: Member, Scientific Program Committee and co-chair of “Vaccine and Antiviral” Session, XIIth International Nidovirus Symposium, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Michigan. June 4-9, 2011.
  • 2011: Chair, USDA-ARS Animal Health National Program NP 103 Panel I – Swine.
  • 2011: Chair, Novel Vaccine and Vaccination Strategy Workshop. December 2, 2011. Chicago, IL.
  • 2012-2015: Member, selection committee of the American Society for Microbiology's "Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award."
  • 2012: Chair, Emerging Diseases session. 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society 2012 Congress. Jeju, South Korea. June 9-14, 2012.
  • 2012: Moderator, Viral Pathogenesis session (Dec. 3 morning session), 93rd Annual Meeting of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL.
  • 2013-2014: Member, National Pork Board PRRSV Vaccine Literature Review Committee.
  • 2013-2014: Member, Scientific Committee, XIIIth International Nidovirus Symposium, Salamanca, Spain, June 1-6, 2014.

Recent University Committees and Services

  • 2001-2002: Chairman, Virginia Tech's American Cancer Society's Institutional Research Grant Committee.
  • 2001-2003: Member, Virginia Tech MCBB Seminar committee.
  • 2001-2006: Member of VMRCVM Graduate Affairs Committee.
  • 2001-2006: Member of VMRCVM Research Committee.
  • 2000: Member, University ASPIRES program panel (Biological Science Panel 2).
  • 2000-2001, 2003: Member of Judging committee for graduate student award competitions at the 12th,13th, and 15th Annual Research Symposiums, VMRCVM..
  • 2003: Member of interviewing committee for the VMRCVM Director of Research Initiatives.
  • 2002-2005: Member, University Commission on Research.
  • 2003: Member of the interviewing committee for the Program Specialist Senior in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies of VMRCVM,
  • 2003-2006: Member, Department of Biomedical Science and Pathobiology’s Peer Evaluation of Teaching Committee.
  • 2003-present: Member, Infectious Disease Advisory Committee for Institute of Biomedical and Public Health and Safety (IBPHS).
  • 2003-2004: Member of the Search Committee for Dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • 2003-2004: Member, VMRCVM committee on AAVMC Veterinary Public Practice Proposal.
  • 2004-2005: Member of VMRCVM Research Lab Space Assessment Committee.
  • 2004: Member of Interviewing committee for VMRCVM Grant Specialist.
  • 2004-2005: Member, Viral Pathogenesis Faculty Cluster Hire Search Committee.
  • 2004-2005: Member, Immunology Faculty Cluster Hire Search Committee.
  • 2005: Member, Governor’s Initives Proposal Committee for Host-Pathogen Interaction proposal.
  • 2005-2006: Member, VMCRVM Graduate Student Recruitment Task Force.
  • 2006-2007: Member, Interviewing Committee for VA Tech Animal Resource Manager.
  • 2006-2008: Director, DVM/PhD Dual Degree Program, VMRCVM.
  • 2005-2006: Chair, VMRCVM Virology Faculty Search Committee.
  • 2007: Member, Search Committe for VMRCVM Flow Cytometry Facility Manager.
  • 2007-2008: Member, Curriculum Planning Committee, Carillion-Virginia Tech School of Medicine.
  • 2007-2008: Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Dept of Biomed Sci and Pahtobiol, VMRCVM.
  • 2007-2008: Member, DBSP Promotion and Tenure Committee, Dept of Biomed Sci and Pathobiol, VMRCVM.
  • 2006-present: Coordinator for Microbial Science Program, Virginia Tech Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD) NIH Training Graduate Program.
  • 2008: Member, Search Committee for Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, VMRCVM.
  • 2008-present: Member, Stakeholders Committee, Virginia Tech CRC-Integrated Life Sciences Building.
  • 2008-2010: At Large Member, College Promotion and Tenure Committee, VMRCVM.
  • 2008-2013: Member of Selection Committee, Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence.
  • 2008-present: Member, Advisory Committee, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
  • 2009: Member, University Strategic Plan Selective Mid-Term Review Committee.
  • 2009: Member, Search Committee for the Director of the Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute.
  • 2010: Member, Evaluation and Review Committee for the Dean, Virginia Tech College of Sciences.
  • 2010-2012: Member, DBSP Promotion and Tenure Committee, VMRCVM.
  • 2010-present: Member, Virginia Tech Intellectual Property Committee.
  • 2010: Panel Member, Virginia Tech Interdisciplinary Scholars for Emerging Frontiers in Life Sciences Committee.
  • 2011: Panel Member, Virginia tech PDI NIH Grant Workshop Panel.
  • 2011: Mentor, Virginia Tech OVPR Proposal Development Institute.
  • 2011: Search committee member, VMRCVM Grants and Contracts Officer, VMRCVM.
  • 2011: Search committee member, Virginia Tech Carillion Medical Research Institute's "infectious disease faculty" search.
  • 2011: Search committee member, Virginia Tech Carillion Medical Research Institute's "Cancer faculty" search.
  • 2011: Search committee member, VMRCVM Dept of Population Health's "public health faculty" search.
  • 2011: Member, VMRCVM College Administrative Review Committee.
  • 2012: Search committee member, VMRCVM Dept of Population Health's "infectious disease faculty" search.
  • 2012-2013: Member, Working Group Committee, Virginia Tech new graduate program development in "Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health (TBMH)".
  • 2012-2013: Search Committee Member, Virginia Tech Carillion Medical Research Institute's "infectious disease/inflammation/immunology faculty" search.
  • 2012: Panel Member, Virginia Tech PDI NIH Grant Workshop Panel.
  • 2012-present: Member, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute GRL Steering Committee
  • 2013: Member, Dean Search Committee for the 4th Dean of VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
  • 2013: Member, Presidential Search Committee for the 16th President of Virginia Tech.
  • 2013-present, Executive Advisory Committee, Faculty of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech.
  • 2013-2014: member, 5-year review committee for the Head of Department of Animal Sciences, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture.
  • 2013-2014: Member, Search Committee for University Veterinarian.

Selected Recent Special Invitations and Lectures (all expenses paid)

  1. 2013: Invited symposium speaker, 2013 North American PRRS Symposium. Title: Novel PRRSV vaccine strategies. December 8, 2013. Chicago, IL.
  2. 2013: Invited speaker, Swine Respiratory Disease Summit. Title: Emerging swine viruses. October 21-23, 2013. Chicago, IL.
  3. 2013: Invited symposium speaker, 2013 Shanghai International Veterinary Public Health Symposium. Title: Hepatitis E virus: Cross-species infection and zoonosis. Sept 26, 2013, Shanghai, China.
  4. 2013: Invited seminar speaker, The Ohio State University Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Title: Genetic elements involved in the hepatitis E virus replication and pathogenesis. Sept 19, 2013. Columbus, OH.
  5. 2012: Invited symposium speaker, 2012 International PRRS Symposium and National Swine Improvement Federation Conference. Title: Molecular breeding of PRRSV for novel vaccine development. November 29-30, 2012. Kansas City, MO.
  6. 2012: Invited seminar speaker, University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Immunology. Title: Dissecting the genetic elements involved in the hepatitis E virus replication and pathogenesis. Kansas City, KS. September 17-18, 2012.
  7. 2012: Invited keynote speaker, 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society Congress: Komipharm Symposium. Title: Novel PRRSV vaccines and Control Strategy. June 10-13, 2012, Jeju, Korea.
  8. 2012: Invited Speaker, NIH Research Workshop on Hepatitis E in the United States. Title: Hepatitis E as a zoonotic disease. March 26, 2012, Bethesda, MD.
  9. 2012: Invited speaker, FAIR 2012 (Farm Animal Integrated Research-2012) National Forum. Title: One Health Research: Zoonosis and Cross-species Infection. March 4-6, 2012, Arlington, VA.
  10. 2011: Invited speaker, Zhongguancun Global Agricultural Biotechnology Innovation Forum. Title: Genetic Engineering Approaches to Develop Novel Vaccines against Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2). Nov. 18-20, 2011. Beijing, China.
  11. 2011: Invited Symposium speaker, 2011 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Sciences and American Dairy Science Association. Title: Hepatitis E virus: Zoonosis and Food safety. July 10-14, 2011. New Orleans, LA.
  12. 2011: Invited Symposium speaker, 2011 EUROPRRS Net Symposium. Title: Potential and limitation of reverse genetics for PRRSV vaccinology and immunopathology. June 10-11, 2011. Barcelona, Spain.
  13. 2011: Invited speaker, Hepatitis E Virus Mini-symposium, May 27, 2011, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  14. Invited Symposium speaker, 6th International Symposium on Emerging and Re-emerging Pig Diseases. Title: Emerging Viruses. June 12-15, 2011, Barcelona, Spain.
  15. Invited seminar speaker, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biological Evaluation and Research’s Division of Viral Products Seminar Series. Title: Porcine circovirus replication and pathogenesis. November 18, 2010, Bethesda, MD.
  16. Invited symposium keynote speaker, HEV and HAV Symposium of the United States-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program. Title: Update on hepatitis E virus replication and pathogenesis. Sept 7-9, 2010, Yokohama, Japan.
  17. Invited seminar speaker, University of Kentucky Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics. Title: Hepatitis E virus: An emerging and zoonotic pathogen. April 06, 2010, Lexington, Kentucky.
  18. Invited seminar speaker, Pfizer Inc, Kalamazoo, MI. Title: Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (PCV2): Update on Pathogenesis and Vaccine Development. March 1, 2010.
  19. Invited seminar speaker, Carillion Clinics. Title: Hepatitis E virus: Zoonotic risk and animal reservoirs. December 16, 2009; Roanoke, VA.
  20. Frank Ramsey Lecturer, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Ames, Iowa. Title: Hepatitis E virus: Zoonotic risk and food safety. November 11-13, 2009.
  21. Invited plenary speaker, 13th International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseases. Title: Hepatitis E as a Zoonosis. March 20-24, 2009. Washington DC.
  22. Invited keynote speaker, International Symposium on PRRS and PRRS related diseases: Prevention and Control Strategies. Title: PRRSV-related diseases: PCVAD. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2007. Chicago, IL.
  23. Invited speaker, Fort Dodge-Mexico. Title: Development of a vaccine against PCV2. Mexico City, Oct 2007.
  24. Invited seminar speaker, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Title: Animal models and zoonotic risk for hepatitis E virus. April 4, 2007. Urbana-Champaign, IL.
  25. Invited conference speaker, American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Title: Porcine circovirus vaccinology. March 3-6, 2007. Orlando, FL.
  26. Invited seminar speaker. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. Title: From Barnyard to Dinner Table: The Omnipresence of Hepatitis E Virus in animals and Risk for zoonosis. Aug. 28, 2006. Lincoln, Nebraska.
  27. Invited seminar speaker. Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Title: Porcine circovirus type 2(PCV2): molecular mechanism of attenuation and vaccine development. April 28, 2006. Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
  28. Invited Conference Speaker. Conference on Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases of Man and Animals. Title: From Barnyard to Dinner Table: The Omnipresence and Emergence of Hepatitis E Virus in animal species and Risk for zoonosis. April 22, 2006. Blacksburg, VA.
  29. Invited Conference Speaker on porcine circovirus. M.E. Ensminer International Conference on Animal Diseases. Title: Molecular pathogenesis and vaccine development against type 2 porcine circovirus and PMWS. October 10-14, 2005. Hangzhou, China.
  30. Invited Keynote Speaker on circoviruses. International Conference on Animal Circoviruses and Associate Diseases. Title: Molecular biology of porcine circovirus: epitope mapping and genetic determinants for virulence. September 11-13, 2005. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  31. Invited Workshop Speaker and Expert Panel Member sponsored by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH. Title: Hepatitis E Virus: Cross-species Infection and Zoonosis. Sept. 6-8, 2005, Washington, DC.
  32. Invited Seminar Speaker on HEV. Navigant Biotechnologies Inc, Denver, CO. Title: Animal models for hepatitis E virus. May 27, 2005. Denver, CO.
  33. Invited seminar speaker on HEV. University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Title: Hepatitis E as a zoonotic disease. May 11, 2005. College Park, MD.
  34. Invited symposium speaker. International Symposium on Hepatitis E Virus. Title: Biology of animal strains of hepatitis E viruses. Feb. 17-18, 2005. New Delhi, India.
  35. Invited conference speaker. 2004 Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathology. Title: Discoveries of Animal Strains of Hepatitis E Viruses: Implications for Zoonosis and Animal Models. Nov. 18, 2004, Orlando, FL.
  36. Invited Symposium guest speaker. American Society for Microbiology 104th Annual Meeting. Symposium on Crossing the Species barriers: Diseases Transmitted from Animals to Humans. Title: Hepatitis E virus: cross species infection. New Orleans, LA. May 25, 2004.
  37. Invited seminar speaker. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Title: Hepatitis E virus: cross species infection and animal models. Atlanta, GA. March 19, 2004.
  38. Invited special conference guest speaker. 11th Annual Iowa State University Swine Disease Conference. Title: Comparative Virology—human vs animal pathogens (what can be learned from emerging human pathogens. Ames, Iowa. Nov. 6-7, 2003.
  39. Invited seminar speaker. Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Title: Novel animal strains of hepatitis E virus: is hepatitis E a zoonosis? Worster, OH. May 22, 2003.
  40. Invited honorable special luncheon seminar speaker at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology. Title: Novel strains of hepatitis E viruses from humans and other animal species: Is hepatitis E a zoonosis? Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2003.
  41. Invited guest symposium speaker at the 2003 Meetings of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Title: Potential public health concerns in regards to swine hepatitis E virus? Orlando, FL. March 10, 2003.
  42. Invited seminar speaker, St. Louis University Department of Molecular Microbiology and Genetics. Title: Comparative Pathogenesis of Hepatitis E Viruses Using the Newly Discovered Swine and Avian HEVs as Models. St. Louis, MO, Nov. 7, 2002.
  43. Invited seminar speaker, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Title: Comparative pathogenesis of emerging swine and avian hepatitis E viruses. St. Paul, MN, Nov. 6, 2002.
  44. Invited seminar speaker. USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville National Research Center. Title: Avian and swine hepatitis E virus: risk for zoonosis. Beltsville, MD, November 2001.
  45. Invited symposium speaker. Veterinary Virology Symposium at the American Society for Virology 20th Annual Meeting. Title: Novel animal strains of hepatitis E viruses: is hepatitis E a zoonosis? Madscin, WI, July 25, 2001.
  46. Invited Seminar Speaker. University of Maryland Department of Veterinary Sciences. Title: Swine and avian hepatitis E virus: Risk for zoonosis and xenozoonosis. College Park, MD. April, 2001.
  47. Invited Grand Round seminar speaker, University of Texas Medical Branch WHO Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases. Title: Novel strains of hepatitis E viruses identified from humans and other animal species: is hepatitis E a zoonosis? Galveston, TX, Sept. 18, 2000.
  48. Invited conference speaker, IBC-USA Biological Safety and Production 2000 Conference. Title: Xenozoonotic risk of swine hepatitis E virus. Washington, DC, June 20-23, 2000
  49. Invited seminar speaker, PPL Therapeutics, Inc. Title: Virus risks in xenotransplantation. Blacksburg, VA, Oct. 15, 1999.
  50. Invited symposium speaker, Xenotransplantation Workshop of Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. Title: Risk of hepatitis E virus in xenotransplantation. Minneapolis, MN. Sept. 18-20, 1999.
  51. Invited symposium speaker. The Fifth International Symposium on Positive Strand RNA Viruses. Title: Genetic and experimental evidences for cross-species infection by the swine hepatitis E virus. St. Petersburg, FL, May 23, 1998.
  52. Invited seminar speaker. University of Connecticut Department of Pathobiology. Title: Discovery of swine hepatitis E virus: is human hepatitis E a zoonotic disease? Storrs, CT, April 1, 1998.