Desirée Benefield

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Area:

Virology

Phone:

(615) 423-6762

Email:

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I use cryo-electron tomography and other advanced electron microscopy techniques to study the replication complexes formed by (+)RNA viruses.

Education

Ph.D. Microbiology, 2014, Vanderbilt University

B.S. Biochemistry, 2009, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Honors

2012 -Dissertation Enhancement Grant, Vanderbilt University “Structures of botulinum neurotoxin complexes”

2011 -Molecular Biophysics Training Grant, Vanderbilt University

2010 -Cellular and Molecular Microbiology Training Grant, Vanderbilt University

Selected Publications

Benefield, D.A., Dessain, S.K., Shine, N., Ohi, M.D., Lacy, D.B. “Molecular assembly of botulinum neurotoxin progenitor complexes”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2013, 110(14), 5630-5635.