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Current Research:  Genomic sequence analysis of Flavivirus species in local mosquito populations.   


Graduate Research:  Characterizing antibody responses and blocking viral entry in Hepatitis C viral infection.


Undergraduate Research: Use of isozyme markers to document fish hybridization and introgression in the Mississippi River.    


Techniques and Specialties:  Fluorescent microscopy, molecular cloning, DNA, RNA and protein extractions, western blotting, ELISA, immunohistochemistry, cell culture, RT-PCR, real-time RT-PCR, transgenic mouse colony management, significant experience handling human blood & tissue samples and other basic molecular biological skills.


Publications:

Eksioglu EA, Bess J, Jones G, Dettloff J, Dangmeon P, Dong HJ, Zhu H, Firpi R, Xu Y, Nelson DR, Liu C. Characterization of Anti-HCV Antibodies in IL-10-Treated Patients.  Viral Immunology. 2010 Aug; 23(4):359-68.

Eksioglu, E. A., Bayouth, L.A., Bess, J.R., Liu, H., Darwiche, H., Zhu, H., Nelson, D.R., Liu, C. TLR3 reduces Hepatitis C viral replication in human hepatocytes. AAI Annual Meeting. Baltimore, Maryland, 2010. 

Eksioglu, E.A., Bess, J., Zhu, H., Xu, Y., Dong, H., Elyar, J., Nelson, D.R., Liu, C. Hepatitis C Virus modulates human monocyte-derived dendritic cells.  Journal of Viral Hepatitis. 2009.

Lilly A. Bayouth, Chen Liu, Erika A. Eksioglu, Jennifer Bess, Haizhen Zhu, Xiaoxi Zhang.  2008.  Response of Primary Hepatocytes to Hepatitis A Viral Infection In-vitro.Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Orlando, Florida.  November 2008. 

Haizhen Zhu, Erika Eksioglu, Jennifer Bess, David Nelson, and Chen Liu. 2008. Innate Immune Response in HCV-Infected Primary Human Hepatocytes. The 15th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses, San Antonio, Texas.  October 2008. 

Erika A. Eksioglu, Lilly A. Bayouth, Jennifer Bess, Haizhen Zhu, Xiaoxi Zhang, Kayode Garraway, David R. Nelson, Chen Liu. 2008. Role of the innate intracellular receptor RIG-I on the induction of type I IFN by Hepatitis C Virus. The 15th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses, San Antonio, Texas.  October 2008. 

Jennifer Bess, Erika Eksioglu, Hui-Jia Dong, Ed Chan, David Nelson, and Chen Liu. 2008.  Auto-antibodies and neutralizing antibodies in human patients with chronic hepatitis C viral infection.  The 15th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses, San Antonio, Texas.  October 2008. 

Chen Liu, Rafal Witek, Jennifer Bess, Haizhen Zhu and Philip Lin.  2008.  Repopulation of human hepatocytes in immunodeficient mice. FASEB J. 2008 22:465.  

Jennifer Bess, Erika Eksioglu, Hui-Jia Dong, Graham Jones and Chen Liu.  2008.  Characterization of Neutralizing Antibodies and Auto-antibodies in Chronic Hepatitis C Viral Infection.  Cell Biology of Virus Entry. Replication, and Pathogenesis 6:55.  

Erika Eksioglu, Jennifer Bess, Parinda Dangmeon, Haizhen Zhu, Roberto Firpi, David R. Nelson and Chen Liu.  2008. Effect of  IL-10 Therapy on Neutralizing Antibody Response in Chronic HCV Patients.  Cell Biology of Virus Entry. Replication, and Pathogenesis 6:60.  

Chan, E.K.L., Carcamo, W., Dhawan, P., Satoh, M., Liu, C., Bess, J., Lam, E., Deming, N., Lian, S., Pauley, K.M., Ikeda, K., Reeves, W.H., Covini, G., and von Mühlen, C.A.  Cytoplasmic rings and rods – targets of emerging autoantibodies.  The 10th International Workshop on Autoantibodies and Autoimmunity, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. March 2008. 

Jennifer Bess, John Elyar, Hui-jia Dong, Erika Eksioglu, Rafal Witek, Haizhen Zhu, and Chen Liu.  2007.  Neutralizing Antibody in HCV Infection. Immunological Intervention in Human Disease 1:53. Abstract

Erika Eksioglu, Haizhen Zhu, Yiling Xu, John Elyar, Hui-jia Dong, Jennifer Bess, David R. Nelson, Chen Liu. 2007.  Dendritic Cell Response to Hepatitis C Virus.  Immunological Intervention in Human Disease 1:56. 

Rafal Witek, Jennifer R. Bess, Hui-jia Dong, John S. Elyar, Chen Liu. 2006.  Mouse Model for HCV Pathogenesis.  Hepatology 44:293. 

Lynch, J., N. Billington, and J. Pitlo. 2004.  Use of Isozyme markers to Document Hybridization and Introgression between walleye and sauger in Pool 13 of the Mississippi River.  Gene Families and Isozyme Bulletin 37: 29.  

Lynch, J., N. Billington, and J. Pitlo. 2004. Hybridization and introgression between sauger and walleye from Pool 13 of the Mississippi River.  Southeastern Biology 51: 121.  
 
Lynch, J., N. Billington, and J. Pitlo. 2004.  Hybridization and introgression between walleye and sauger from Pool 13 of the Mississippi River.  Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 76: 59.