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Andrea S. Bertke, PhD

Associate Professor
  • Infectious Diseases in Public Health
Andrea Bertke
Department of Population Health Sciences
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

PhD, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2007
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD

BS, Microbiology, 2001
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

  • Molecular mechanisms regulating herpes simplex virus latency and reactivation
  • Neuronal pathways by which HSV1 and HSV2 reach the CNS
  • Role of autonomic nervous system in HSV1 and HSV2 pathogenesis
  • Development of novel antivirals to prevent viral reactivation
  • Neurological impacts of SARS-CoV-2
  • SARS-CoV-2 survival on food and food surfaces

2019–present
Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases
Department of Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2012–2019
Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases

Department of Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2014–present
Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2009–2012
Postdoctoral Fellow

Proctor Foundation
Department of Ophthalmology
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

2011
Adjunct Faculty, Neural Systems Physiology

Health Professions Certificate Program
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

2008
Research Associate, Developmental Neuroscience

Department of Biology
State University of New York at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

2007–2008
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurotropic RNA Viruses

Department of Pathology
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX

2003–2007
Graduate Research Assistant

Laboratory of DNA Viruses
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Food and Drug Administration
Bethesda, MD

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • American Society of Virology