Department of Biology and Marine Biology is located in Dobo Hall, Room 102

2008-2009 New Faculty Profiles

Department of Biology and Marine Biology

Brian S. ArbogastDr. Brian S. Arbogast, Assistant Professor, is originally from Elkins, West Virginia. He received a B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University in 1992, a M.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University in 1996, and returned to Wake Forest for his Ph.D., which he completed in 1999. From 1999-2001 Brian was post-doctoral fellow in the Zoology Department and Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2001, Brian joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. In 2006, he became Associate Professor. Brian's research and teaching focus on conservation biology, biogeography and systematics. He has a long-standing interest is gliding mammals, especially flying squirrels and gliding marsupials. He has worked on mammals and birds in North America, Borneo, Australia, and the Galapagos Islands.

Brian is moving to Wilmington with his wife, Andrea Schwandt-Arbogast, who will be the new webmaster at UNCW. Along with her computer and design experience, Andrea also has a background in biology, having worked extensively on seabirds in the Galapagos Islands. She was the webmaster at Humboldt State University for five years before moving to UNCW. Brian and Andrea like almost anything outdoors. They enjoy spending time with their 2 dogs and a cat, traveling, chasing critters, contemporary design and architecture, and having fun with friends and family.

Arthur FramptonDr. Arthur R. Frampton, Assistant Professor, received his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology in 2002 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport (LSUHSC). While at LSUHSC, he studied classical and molecular virology under the mentorship of the renowned herpesvirologist Dr. Dennis J. O’Callaghan. During this period he studied the pathogenesis of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), a major pathogen of horses that causes respiratory distress, abortion, and neurological disease. In particular, his work focused on the EHV-1 glycoproteins I (gI) and E (gE) and how these glycoproteins contribute to EHV-1 pathogenesis. Upon completion of his PhD studies in 2002, he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of gene therapy pioneer, Dr. Joseph Glorioso at the University of Pittsburgh. As a fellow in Dr. Glorioso’s laboratory, he investigated the mechanisms of EHV-1 and HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus 1) entry into cells and learned the science of utilizing herpesvirus vectors for various gene therapy applications. As a new Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he will continue his research on alphaherpesvirus entry. As a major part of this effort, he will employ an equine cDNA library to identify potential EHV-1 entry receptors. Concomitant with this work, further studies will be performed to delineate the complex interplay between viral and cellular components that is required for successful virus entry and trafficking of viral capsids to the nucleus. Data obtained from this research may inform the design and development of therapeutics such as new antivirals, more effective vaccines, and small molecule inhibitors of virus-cell interactions.


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