What we do

The Kasson laboratory studies physical mechanism in infectious disease.  Our interests include infection by influenza and other enveloped viruses as well as drug-resistant bacteria.  We are also interested in the fundamental physics by which viruses infect cells and how these materials and processes can be adapted for therapeutic purposes.

We combine biophysical experiments with advanced simulation methods and machine learning.  Part of our research therefore involves methods development for large-scale biomolecular simulation and statistical learning methods.

Global diseases, global solutions.  Emerging infections pose a threat across the world.  To combat this, we have a strong international network of scientific colleagues all working to fight infectious disease.  We have also helped to build participatory networks such as Folding@Home, where individuals and organizations worldwide donate compute time to help fight diseases and solve the underlying scientific challenges.


Congratulations to Jennifer Hays, who was named a 2018 MolSSI graduate Software Fellow!

Welcome to new postdoctoral scholars Anjalia Sengar and Anna Pabis, who will be joining our group this spring!

Congratulations to Bert Cortina on defending his PhD thesis!

Congratulations to Eric Irrgang, who has just been named a MolSSI Postdoctoral fellow!

Welcome to new postdoctoral scholars Kenta Okamoto, Ana Villamil Giraldo, and Ricardo Ferreira!

Congratulations to Jennifer Hays, who was named a 2017 Blue Waters Graduate fellow and an ARCS Scholar!

Congratulations to Bert Cortina, who was named a Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellow!