2019 marks ten years of serving up science in the Gottlieb Lab for Dana Raugi. Dana, a Research Scientist, has long been a University of Washington veteran – spending her undergraduate summers and 3 years in the Mullins Lab in Microbiology and receiving her Master’s of Public Health from the Department of Epidemiology. Now, you can find her on the 7th floor testing new ARVs against HIV-2 in culture, determining pathways to genetic resistance and evaluating treatment outcomes in HIV-2 infected people.
“The majority of our lab’s work focuses on treating HIV-2 in resource-limited countries. Most of my work is on the treat outcomes side, as I do most of the epidemiology/biostats and drug resistance testing for our clinical cohorts in Senegal, West Africa,” says Dana. She also evaluates protease inhibitor susceptibility and determining PI resistance pathways – one of her favorite science moments was unraveling that changing four amino acids in HIV-2 protease to corresponding amino acids produces a virus with class-wide susceptibility to protease inhibitors (check out her favorite publication!).
“Although I don’t work directly with patients, being able to help the study staff has a positive impact on patient care and that’s very rewarding.” Dana Raugi, Research Scientist
Can’t find her hanging out on the 7th floor? She might be in Dakar or a rural southern region of Senegal where she spends a couple of weeks a year meeting with their team on the ground. Dana’s trips typically involve providing lab support, conducting data QA/QC, teaching new molecular diagnostic and monitoring tests and
troubleshooting any problems that may arise to keep the study cohorts running smoothly. Assisting the study staff, comprised of physicians, lab techs, and social workers, is one of the most rewarding parts of the job (other than the phenomenal Senegalese food) – “Although I don’t work directly with patients, being able to help the study staff has a positive impact on patient care and that’s very rewarding”.
Fast Facts About Dana!
Hometown: Edmonds, WA
Skill set: Molecular biology, virology, epidemiology/biostats, international hazardous materials shipping, data management.
Favorite publication: Raugi DN, Gottlieb GS, Sow PS, Toure M, Sall F, Gaye A, N’doye I, Kiviat NB, Hawes SE. HIV-1 outcompetes HIV-2 in dually infected Senegalese individuals with low CD4+ cell counts. AIDS. 2013 Sep; 27(15): 2441-2450. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e328362e856.
Also, everything you need to know about HIV-2 in a nutshell: Gottlieb GS, Raugi DN, Smith RA. 90-90-90 for HIV-2? Ending the HIV-2 epidemic by enhancing care and clinical management of patients infected with HIV-2. Lancet HIV. 2018 Jul; 5(7): e390-e399. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(18)30094-8.
Favorite Coffee order: Raspberry Mocha Frappuccino
Favorite Fresh Flours pastry: Double chocolate cookie
Interests outside of the lab: “Sailing, hiking, the outdoors, traveling, and playing with my dogs and cat.”
Favorite pathogens: Hantavirus and HIV-2
What others may not know about you: “I’m a Coast Guard licensed captain and spend most of my free time working or sailing on a 95-year-old, 220-ton sailboat, the schooner Zodiac.”