Over the past four decades, Dr. Deborah S. Parris has distinguished herself as an authoritative figure in the fields of molecular virology and viral oncology. With her combined expertise in the fields of infectious diseases and cancer, Dr. Parris is prepared to provide expert scientific background and advice to pharmaceutical corporations, grant agencies, investment entities, and related corporations interested in the future of anti-infective and anti-cancer therapies.
The recent Ebola scare has driven people across the United States into a panic. However, Dr. Parris has already made a name for herself in the areas of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, having written a large number of peer-reviewed scientific publications. She is also a skilled grant writer and peer-reviewer. Dr. Parris has been a member of the faculty and Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University for more than three decades, and she is now a professor in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics at the College of Medicine. The research that is currently being conducted in her laboratory focuses on the suppression of RNA silencing by the Ebola virus. Dr. Parris’ contributions to the fields of herpes virus research and DNA replication fidelity are recognized nationally and internationally. Her research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health and nonprofit agencies, such as the American Cancer Society.
In 2006, she was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of “Science” magazine. She has received numerous other awards including a Fogarty Senior International Fellowship, a Wellcome International Travel Fellowship, the Excellence in Research and Teaching award at the OSU College of Medicine, the James Champion Award for distinguished service to the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Sanford Goldston Memorial Research Award.
Read a research abstract co-authored by Dr. Parris in the “Journal of Virology” titled ‘Characterization of the RNA Silencing Suppression Activity of the Ebola Virus VP35 Protein in Plants and Mammalian Cells.’ Click here to read more research conducted by Dr. Parris.