Upcoming Events

Look for us at these upcoming meetings and seminars:

Oct 25-26: Interferon Lambda: Disease Impact & Therapeutic Potential (NIH)

Feb 26, 2019: University of Virginia ID and Global Biothreats Seminar Series


Derek and claire at the Smart program poster session

July 2018: So long to UNC undergrads Tesia and Claire from the SMART Program.

Tesia worked with Cesar to evaluate ZIKV antibody responses to understand the immune mechanisms that protect against ZIKV sexual transmission.

Claire worked with Derek to generate isogenic ZIKV mutants representing variants found in different isolate strains to assess their replication in cell culture and virulence in mice.



July 2018: Derek, Becca, Cesar, and Clayton presented their work at the American Society for Virology Meeting at the University of Maryland:

Derek Carbaugh "Envelope Protein Glycosylation Mediates Zika Virus Infection In Vivo"

Becca Cassazza "The Antiviral Effects of Interferon Lambda at the Maternal-Fetal Interface"

Cesar Lopez "Transplacental IgG Transfer Is Maintained During Maternal Zika Virus Infection"

Clayton Morrison "Zika Virus Inhibits Toll Pathway Signaling in Mosquito Cells"

Cesar, derek, and becca - asv 2018

lazear lab at asv 2018: becca casazza, cesar lopez, helen lazear, derek carbaugh, Melissa mattocks, clayton morrison

May 2018: Welcome to UNC undergrads Claire and Tesia from the SMART program and to Clayton, a visiting scientist from the University of Mount Olive.

April 2018: Congrats to Cesar for receiving a Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine! He will spend one month at UNAN-Leon, Nicaragua studying antibody-mediated protection from Zika virus sexual transmission. Thanks to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for supporting Cesar's research. 


11/1/17: Happy Birthday Lazear Lab!

7/17/17: Congratulations to Cesar & Derek on passing your prelims!

Cesar lopez & derek carbaugh

The Lazear lab July 2017: cesar, becca, derek, helen, melissa

5/24/17: Welcome new Microbiology & Immunology PhD students

our 16 new m&i students recite their graduate student oath

new virologists andy hale, becca casazza, ethan fritch, olivia council, max departee, Bhawana Shrestha, tia morgan

newest lazear lab member becca casazza

March/April 2017 Issue of Carolina Alumni Review highlights Zika virus research at UNC

11/29/16: Panel Discussion: "Unraveling Zika: The Virus and Women" 


Elizabeth Stringer, MD, MSc, OB/GYN

Anne Lyerly, MD, MA, Social Medicine

Helen Lazear, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

Moderated by Claire Farel, MD, MPH, Infectious Diseases

Nov. 29, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC Campus

On 11/1, the Lazear Lab turned 1!

Happy birthday, Lazear lab!

Happy birthday, Lazear lab!

november 2015

november 2015

november 2016

november 2016

TWiV 407: Tar Heels go viral, part two


Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Ralph BaricKristina De ParisTal KafriHelen LazearMark Heise, and David Margolis

In the second of two shows recorded at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Vincent meets up with faculty members to talk about how they got into science, their research on RNA viruses, and what they would be doing if they were not scientists.

TWiV 375: Zika and you will find


Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Carolyn CoyneHelen Lazear, and Jeremy Luban

The TWiVziks present everything you want to know about Zika virus, including association of infection with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, transmission, epidemiology, and much more.