- PH.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2006
Hernan is a virologist interested in the molecular mechanisms of viral RNA replication and in antiviral RNA silencing. Hernan comes to UNL from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, where he was a research scientist. Hernan completed his postdoctoral work at the Oregon State University Center for Genomics and Biocomputing, with support from a Helen Hay Whitney fellowship. At UNL Hernan is the State Virologist and will teach a Molecular Virology class. Initial research will focus on the interconnection between RNA replication and RNA silencing mechanisms in viruses using yeast and plants as model systems in combination with genomic and bioinformatics approaches.