David Manna, PhD
Dr. Manna's interest in microbiology, especially regarding viruses, was ignited during his first undergraduate research experience in the lab of Dr. Dan Simmons at the University of Delaware. They used a small DNA virus, SV40, as an in vitro system to study the early molecular steps of DNA replication. Dr. Manna then took this molecular and microbiology experience with him to Penn State where he worked in Dr. Kouacou Konan's lab studying Hepatitis C Virus genome replication and virus production. After graduation, he took a teaching-focused Post-doc with the Wilkes University Biology Department that gave him valuable experience in the scholarship of teaching and which led him to a career as a medical educator.