Featured Publications

Below are some recent publications highlighting the broad scientific impact of the Oak Crest Institute of Science.

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Gunawardana M, Breslin J, Cortez JM Jr, Rivera S, Webster S, Ibarrondo FJ, Yang OO, Pyles RB, Ramirez CM, Adler AP, Anton PA, Baum MM. Longitudinal COVID-19 Surveillance and Characterization in the Workplace with Public Health and Diagnostic Endpoints. mSphere. 2021 Jul 7:e0054221. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00542-21. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34232081. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00542-21

Romano JW, Baum MM, Demkovich ZR, Diana F, Dobard C, Feldman PL, Garcia-Lerma JG, Grattoni A, Gunawardana M, Ho DK, Hope TJ, Massud I, Milad M, Moss JA, Pons-Faudoa FP, Roller S, van der Straten A, Srinivasan S, Veazey RS, Zane D. Tenofovir Alafenamide for HIV Prevention: Review of the Proceedings from the Gates Foundation Long-Acting TAF Product Development Meeting. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2021 Jun;37(6):409-420. doi: 10.1089/AID.2021.0028. PMID: 33913760; PMCID: PMC8213003. https://doi.org/10.1089/aid.2021.0028

Bobardt M, Ramirez CM, Baum MM, Ure D, Foster R, et al. (2021) The combination of the NS5A and cyclophilin inhibitors results in an additive anti-HCV inhibition in humanized mice without development of resistance. PLOS ONE 16(5): e0251934. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251934

Bao X, Zhang Z, Guo Y, Buser C, Kochounian H, Wu N, Li X, He S, Sun B, Ross-Cisneros FN, Sadun AA, Huang L, Zhao M, Fong HK. Human RGR Gene and Associated Features of Age-related Macular Degeneration Revealed in Models of Retina-Choriocapillaris Atrophy. Am J Pathol. 2021 May 19:S0002-9440(21)00202-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2021.05.003.


Baum MM, C.M. Ramirez, J.A. Moss, M. Gunawardan, M. Bobardt, P.A. Gallay. Highly synergistic drug combination prevents vaginal HIV infection in humanized mice. Sci Rep. 2020 Aug 3;10(1):12995. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69937-5

Aguirre, V.P., S. Jocic, P. Webster, C. Buser, J.A. Moss, L.M. Barge, Y. Tang, Y. Guo & M.M. Baum. Synthesis and characterization of mixed-valent iron double layer hydroxides (“green rust”). ACS Earth and Space Chemistry. 2020. https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsearthspacechem.0c00272

Gunawardana, M., M. Remedios-Chan, D. Sanchez, S. Webster, P. Galvan, R. Fanter, A.E. Castonguay, P. Webster, J.A. Moss, J. Kuo, P.A. Gallay, K.L. Vincent, M. Motamedi, D. Weinberger, M.A. Marzinke, C.W. Hendrix & M. Baum. Multispecies Evaluation of a Long-acting Tenofovir Alafenamide Subdermal Implant for HIV Prophylaxis. Frontiers in Pharmacology Translational Pharmacology. 2020. 03 Jun 2020, Edited by: Lei Xi. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2020.569373

Gunawardana, M., J. Breslin, J.M. Cortez, S. Rivera, S. Webster, F.J. Ibarrondo, O.O. Yang, R.B. Pyles, C.M. Ramirez, A.P. Adler, P.A. Anton, M.M. Baum. Longitudinal COVID-19 Surveillance and Characterization in the Workplace with Public Health and Diagnostic Endpoints. medRxiv: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.25.20160812v1

Hooks, M.R., P. Webster, J.M. Weber, S. Perl & L.M. Barge. Effects of amino acids on iron-silicate chemical garden precipitation. 2020. Langmuir. https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c00502

Webster, P., J. Cortez, S. Webster, M. Gunawardana, R.B. Pyles & M.M. Baum. Equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (SLC29A1) localization on vaginal epithelial cells. J. Histology & Histopathology. ISSN 2055-091X, Volume 7, Article 5. 2020 http://dx.doi.org/10.7243/2055-091X-7-5

Webster, P., K.K. Saito, J. Cortez, C. Ramirez & M.M. Baum. Concentrative nucleotide transporter 3 is located in microvilli on vaginal epithelial cells. ACS Omega 2020. https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.0c02329.

Sarah Perry, Pragya Goel, Nancy L. Tran, Cristian Pinales, Christopher Buser, Daniel L. Miller, Barry Ganetzky, Dion Dickman. Developmental arrest of Drosophila larvae elicits presynaptic depression and enables prolonged studies of neurodegeneration. Development 2020 147: dev186312 http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/dev.186312

Thornton, S.M.; Samararatne, V.D.; Skeate, J.G.; Buser, C.; Lühen, K.P.; Taylor, J.R.; Da Silva, D.M.; Kast, W.M. The Essential Role of anxA2 in Langerhans Cell Birbeck Granules Formation. Cells 2020, 9, 974. https://doi.org/10.3390/cells9040974 

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