Charles John Russell, PhD
Charles Russell completed his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley where he studied the thermodynamics of membrane-peptide interactions. During his postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Lamb of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Northwestern University, he studied membrane fusion mediated by paramyxoviruses. He is currently a PI at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where his lab studies infectious diseases caused by influenza and paramyxoviruses. Research in the Russell lab runs the gamut from high-resolution structure to virus pathogenesis and transmission, making connections between the molecular and biological. Basic research in the lab addresses the impact of fusion glycoprotein activation on pathogenesis and host range while translational work focuses on viral envelope glycoproteins as vaccine candidates.