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Slobodan Paessler

Slobodan Paessler, D.V.M., Ph.D.

PRESENT POSITION AND ADDRESS:

  • Professor with tenure, Department of Pathology
  • Director, Galveston National Laboratory Preclinical Studies Core
  • Scientific Director, ABSL-3 Facilities
  • University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
  • 301 University Boulevard, 5.200P GNL
  • Galveston, TX 77555-0609
  • Telephone: (409) 266-6913
  • FAX: (409) 747-0762
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BIOGRAPHICAL:

  • HOME ADDRESS: 11646 Zingelmann Road, Galveston, TX, 77554, USA
  • MARITAL STATUS: Married, 3 children
  • CITIZENSHIP: German citizen, USA-permanent resident

EDUCATION:

  • 1987 – 1991 B.S., Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and Veterinary School, Osijek, Croatia.
  • 1993 – 1999 Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany.
  • 1999 – 2002 Dr. Med. Vet. (PhD-like) Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany.
  • Thesis: "Detection of antibodies against alphaviruses in sera of human and animal origin using recombinant antigens and virus-specific monoclonal antibodies." Funded by FHG (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft), Germany.
  • 2003 – 2007 Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology, “Pathogenesis of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus”, UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Galveston, TX, USA.

SPECIAL TRAINING:

  • 12/2002 – 02/2003 Large animal ABSL-3 training at CSU, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 01/2005 – 10/2005 BSL-4/ABSL-4 training at UTMB
  • 02/2006 – present GLP training for high containment laboratories

PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • 1991 – 1993 Veterinary Technician, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany
  • 1999 – 2001 Research Assistant (Candidate for scientific degree in veterinary medicine), Dept. of Microbiology, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany
  • 2002 – 2003 Post-doctoral Fellow (NIH Trainee, T32), Department of Pathology, UTMB, Galveston, TX
  • 2004 – 2008 Assistant Professor/NIH Career Award, Department of Pathology, UTMB, Galveston, TX
  • 2004 – Present Animal work/necropsy training program for ABSL-3/4, UTMB, Galveston, TX
  • 2005 – Present Director, Galveston National Laboratory Preclinical Studies Core, UTMB, Galveston, TX
  • 2005 – Present Scientific Director, ABSL-3 facilities, Department of Pathology, UTMB, Galveston, TX
  • 2008 – Present Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, UTMB, Galveston, TX
  • 2010 – Present Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Pathology, UTMB, Galveston, TX
  • 2012 – Present Professor with tenure, Department of Pathology, UTMB, Galveston, TX

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:

Areas of research:

  • Molecular biology, viral pathogenesis, viral ecology, vaccine/antivirals, and diagnostics development.

Current Research Awards:

  • 1R01AI-10-003 National Institutes of Health (NIAID): Recombinant vaccine against Argentine hemorrhagic fever virus, PI S. Paessler, 25% effort, $4,800,000 total funding, from 04/04/2011 through 04/03/2016.
  • 1RO1AI08764301-A1, NIH/NIAID, Reverse genetics to develop a second generation of Rift Valley fever vaccine, PI: T Ikegami (S. Paessler Co-PI), 1,250,000 (direct cost) from 12/14/2010 through 11/30/2015.
  • 1UC7AI070083, National Institutes of Health (NIAID), “Galveston National Laboratory Operations, Preclinical Studies Core,” National Laboratory PI: J. LeDuc, Core Director: S Paessler, 50% effort, $2,967,402 for the Preclinical Studies Core from 05/03/2011 through 04/30/2016.
  • U54 AI057160, National Institutes of Health (NIAID), Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, PI: SL Stanley. Project: “Stat 1 modification of antiviral defense,” Project Leader: W. Holtzman, PI for the subcontract S Paessler, 5% effort, $96,000/year, from 03/01/2009-02/28/2014.
  • U54 AI065357, National Institutes of Health (NIAID), Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, PI: J Belisle. Project: “Arenavirus entry and its inhibition,” Project Leader: J Nuerenberg, PI for the subcontract S Paessler, 2% effort, $80,000/year from 03/01/2009-02/28/2014.
  • No number, Celgene, Inc. “Novel antiviral strategy against arenaviruses”. PI: S. Paessler, no salary effort, $64,000 total from 09/2011-06/2013.
  • W81XWH-13-C-0092, Dept. of Army, "Chimeric Alphaviruses for Serological VEEV Diagnostics", 1) To create chimeric viruses encoding nonstructural Sindbis virus (SINV) and structural VEEV (TC83 and TrD strains) proteins that replicate efficiently in vitro but are highly attenuated in vivo. 2) To test the chimeric viruses in murine model for their attenuation, using intracranial challenge route. 3) To compare the chimeric viruses to the VEEV parent viruses in a variety of serological tests (to be done at USAMRIID), PI: S. Paessler, 5% effort, $320,000 total from 10/01/12-09/30/15

COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES:

UTMB:

  • 01/2005 – present Biocontainment Risk and Safety Assessment Committee (IBC).
  • 01/2005 – present Community Advisory Committee (CAB).
  • 06/2007 – present Data Management Policy ad hoc Committee.
  • 07/2008 – present Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • 10/2011 – present Student Examination Advisory Committee (SEAC).
  • 10/2011 – present Academic Enterprise Space Advisory Committee (AESAC)

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES AT UTMB:

  • 06/2007 – present Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Small Group Facilitator Cardiovascular Pulmonary Course (CVP). This is a ten-week commitment (56 hours) each summer.
  • 12/2011 – present Mock study section for proposals from graduate students, Experimental Pathology program.
  • 10/2011 – present Chair, Student Examination Advisory Committee (SEAC)
  • 12/2011 – present Chair, Preliminary Examination Committee for Meghan E. Hermance

TEACHING AWARDS:

  • 2012 Experimental Pathology Graduate Student Organization Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.

VISITING PROFESSORSHIP:

  • 2013, Department of Immunology, Medical School of Kragujevac, Serbia.

MEMBERSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:

  • 2004 – present American Society for Microbiology
  • 2004 – present American Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
  • 2005 – present American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2006 – present American Society for Virology
  • 2010 – present European Society for Virology


EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Editorial Board:

  • Zoonoses and Public Health, 10/01/2007-present
  • Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (TBED)
    – formerly Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Series A, 12/2007-present
  • Journal of Pathogens, 2010-present
  • Journal of Virology & Antiviral Research, 2012-present

Guest Editor:

  • PlosPathogens

Ad-hoc Reviewer:

  • American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Journal of General Virology
  • Journal of Virology
  • Virology
  • Vaccine
  • Archives of Virology
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • PlosOne
  • PlosNeglected Diseases
  • PlosPathogens
  • Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Human Vaccines
  • Journal of Immunology
  • Clinical and Vaccine Immunology
  • Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC)
  • Journal of Clinical Microbiology (JCM)
  • Antiviral Research
  • Science
  • New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)

PATENTS:

  • Approved (U.S. Patent Office): Chimeric Sindbis-Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus and Uses Thereof.
    Application Number: 11/478,068. Filed: 06/29/2006

SERVICE FOR NATIONAL STUDY SECTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Reviewer for Biodefense Vaccine Enhancement BAA NIH-BARDA-NIAID-DMID-AI2007007. Review of contract proposals received in response to the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that addresses third generation anthrax vaccines as well as other category A and B pathogen vaccines. This is an important initiative since eventually these products will likely be considered for the National Stockpile.
  • Convener for the Workshop session titled “Vaccines & Vectors III.” ASV annual meeting, 2008, Ithaca, NY.
  • Session Chair (neurovirology) for the 19th annual virology meeting (German Society for Virology), 2009, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Member, ViPR Scientific Working Group, NIH/NIAID 02/2010-present.
  • Special Volunteer at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory, Veterinary Division, NIAID/NIH, MT, USA. 03/2010-present.
  • Member, special emphasis panel to review R01/R21/R03 grant applications, NIAID/NIH, September 2011.
  • Reviewer for “Driving Biological Project proposals to NIAID Bioinformatics Centers” at ViPR, NIAID, December 6th 2011.
  • Member, study section to review R21/R33 grant applications for RFA-AI-11-032: “Host-Targeted Interventions as Therapeutics for Infectious Diseases”.
  • Virology B study section, NIAID/NIH. From October 9-10 of 2012.
  • Member, Health and Medical Research Fund, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, The People’s Republic of China, December 2012.

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD:

  • Virus Pathogen Resource (ViPR) Scientific Working Group, NIH/NIAID, 2010-present.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • Basketball coach for children (6-8 years old), Christian Life Center, Moody Methodist Church, Galveston, TX.
  • Soccer coach for children (6-8 years old), Galveston County Youth Soccer League.
  • Scientific Research and Design: Bench Tutorials program 2011-2012 for the Ball High School, Galveston, TX.

WEB-SITES:

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Milena Pavlović-Barili

Milena Pavlović-Barili (alt. Barilli) (Serbian Cyrillic: Милена Павловић-Барили) (November 5, 1909, Požarevac, Serbia – March 6, 1945, New York City, New York, United States of America) was a Serbian painter and poet.

Her Italian father Bruno Barilli was an influential composer, her Serbian mother, a distant relative of the Karađorđević dynasty, studied art. Milena herself studied at the Royal school of arts in Belgrade, Serbia (1922–1926) and in Munich (1926–1928).

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Савремени еклисиолошки подсетник о Дијаспори

Историја и анализа тзв. „Америчког раскола“ (1963-1992) и предлози за његово превазилажење

Епископ Атанасије (Јевтић)

У издању Севастијан преса из Лос Анђелеса и Братства Св. Симона Мироточивог из Врњачке Бање, недавно је изашла нова књига Атанасија (Јевтића), умировљеног Владике херцеговачког, Савремени еклисиолошки подсетник о Дијаспори - Историја и анализа тзв. „Америчког раскола“ (1963-1992) и предлози за његово превазилажење.

Текст ове књиге је написан сада већ далеке 1990.године, и до данас био необјављен будући да је само за Синодске Оце Архијереје био намењен ради превазилажења тзв. „Америчког раскола“. Данас, када је тај српски раскол литургијски и административно превазиђен, сасвим је разумљиво и пожељно било да се овај текст предочи јавности.

На молбу Светог Архијерејског Синода, ондашњи јеромонах Атанасије је сва питања везана за болни раскол у српској дијаспори ставио под светлост православне Еклисиологије и Предања, што је био једини начин за њихово суочавање како би се дошло што ближе до зацељивања раскола. Читалац ће приметити како је он савесно и непристрасно проанализирао цело питање раскола и дао целисходне икономијске предлоге за његово решење. Ова књига је резултат његовог савесног христољубивог и црквољубивог рада.

Конкретан резултат Атанасијевог еклисиолошког предлога била је обнова евхаристијског општења и помирења које је постигнуто на празник Сретења Господњег, 15. фебруара 1992. године у Саборној Цркви у Београду, када су Српски Патријарх Павле и чланови Светог Архијерејског Сабора служили са Митрополитом Иринејем (Ковачевићем), дотадашњим епископом у расколу. Коначно, 21. маја 2009. године, Свети Архијерејски Сабор је донео одлуку и о коначном административном јединству Српске Цркве у Северној и Јужној Америци.

Истовремено, ова књига осветљава битно питање Дијаспоре. Дијаспора је пред Православну Цркву поставила два битна проблема: питање провере исправности нашег схватања Цркве, оног које се у последњим вековима код многих од нас усталило, и питање мисије Цркве у свету.

Књига је изашла са благословом Епископа новограчаничког и средњезападноамеричког Лонгина и Епископа западноамеричког Максима.

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Contemporary Ecclesiological Reminderon the Diaspora:
History and analysis of so called “American schism” (1963-1992) and recommendations for its overcoming

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

Recently, a new book by Athanasius (Yevtich), retired Bishop of Herzegovina, was published in Serbian by Sebastian Press of Los Angeles in cooperation with St. Simeon the Myrrh-streaming of Vrnjacka Banja.

This book was written in a now already distant year of 1990. This is its first publishing since the original intent was to have it available only for the hierarchs of the Holy Synod for the purpose of overcoming the so-called “American schism” within the Serbian diaspora. Presently, as the Serbian schism has been liturgically and administratively vanquished, it is understandable and desirable to have this valuable research available to the public.

At the request of the Holy Synod, back then hieromonk Atanasije acceded to collect all relevant documents in reference to painful schism in Serbian Diaspora, placing them in the light of Orthodox Ecclesiology and Holy Tradition, which was the only way to face it properly and bring it closer to healing.The readers will notice how Bishop Atanasije analyzed responsibly, and impartially the whole question of schism, and at the same time provided comprehensive, integral and thorough ecclesial economy, recomendations for solutions.This book is the result of his Christ-loving and Church-loving labor.

A tangible result of Atanasije's ecclesiological recommendation was the Eucharistic renewal, communion, and reconciliation which was established on the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, February 15, 1992. At the Cathedral in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Paul and hierarchs of the Holy Episcopal Assembly celebrated for the first time together since the schism, with Metropolitan Iriney (Kovacevic), up until then, schismatic bishop in Diaspora.Finally, on May 21, 2009, the Holy Assembly made a decission about conclusive administrative unity of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

In the same time this book reveals crucial question regarding Diaspora, because ecclesial organization of the Orthodox Church abroad presents itself with at least two problems: a) a check-up of our interpretation and comprehension of the Church, especifically of the last couple of centuries existing convictions, and b) a question of the Church mission in the World.

This book is published with the blessings of His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica - Midwestern America, and His Grace, Bishop Maxim of Western American Diocese, of the Serbian Orthodox Church for North and South America.

Price $15

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