Austin Manny

Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Karst
College of Medicine
"At the risk of sounding romantic, I think that pure scientific inquiry, exploring the world around and within us, is one of the most fundamental and enriching endeavors of the human condition. That said, I have always wanted to take part in research, and when I got to the University of Florida those opportunities were everywhere. I am grateful for the chances I've been given, and am sure, now more than ever, that scientific research is what I want to do in life, wherever that takes me."


Microbiology & Cell Science



Research Interests

  • Virology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genetics

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Florida Bright Futures


  • Microbiology & Cell Science Student Organization



Hobbies and Interests

  • Photography
  • Rock Climbing

Research Description

Investigation of Murine Norovirus VP2 Protein as Possible Enterotoxin

Norovirus is the leading cause of gastroenteritis, commonly referred to as the stomach flu. This pathogen poses an even greater concern in the developing world due to inadequate supplies of clean water. My project aims to investigate the mechanism by which Norovirus causes disease, with a particular focus on the VP2 protein, which we hypothesize to act as an enterotoxin. We hope that the outcome of this project will shed great light on how Norovirus infects, with great implications for global human health.