Meng Laboratory

X.J. Meng in his lab

X.J. Meng, M.D., Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor
Molecular Virology
Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology

About X.J. Meng

Meng’s laboratory studies emerging and zoonotic viruses that are of human and veterinary public health importance. His research currently focuses on delineating the mechanisms of viral replication and pathogenesis and developing viral vaccines.

Meng’s group discovered swine hepatitis E virus from pigs and avian hepatitis E viruses from chickens, which led to the recognition of human hepatitis E as a zoonotic disease. His lab also invented the first U.S. Department of Agriculture fully-licensed commercial vaccine against porcine circovirus type 2.

Meng is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (elected in 2016), a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (inducted in 2014), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (elected in 2012).

Viruses Currently Investigating

  • Hepatitis E virus (HEV)
  • Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV)
  • Porcine Circovirus (PCV)
  • Torque Teno Sus Virus (TTSuV)
  • Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)
  • Mammalian Orthoreovirus type 3 (MRV3)

More details about these areas of research can be found on the Research Interests page.