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Chelsea Cockburn


James Madison University, B.S. in Biology
Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA
PhD Advisor: Jason Carlyon, PhD
Graduate Program: Microbiology and Immunology


Research Interests:

Chelsea loves viruses and infectious diseases, which stemmed from her first research experience during her freshman year at JMU in the viral discovery class. Her research background has been a combination of neuroscience and infectious disease through experiences and internships at JMU, Amgen, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Chelsea hopes to combine her interests in infectious disease, immunology, and global health to identify and develop targets for therapeutics and vaccines for some of the world's most burdensome diseases.

Personal Bio:

Chelsea was born in the Bronx in NYC and moved to Harrisonburg, VA during elementary school. Apart from academics and research, she likes long distance running, triathlons, and traveling the world. During her downtime, you can find her exploring one of Richmond's farmers markets, cooking, or posting on her MD/PhD life-healthy cooking-triathloning-traveling the world blog. Chelsea loves Richmond because it's a great combination of city life with a short distance to the great outdoors and the beach.


Cockburn CL, Kwapong PK, Wubah DA, Wubah J. Shelf-life and Variances in Antimicrobial Properties of Honey from Meliponula ferruginea and Meliponula bocandei in Central Ghana. Journal of Young Investigators. 2013

Cockburn CL, Amoroso M, Carpenter M, Johnson B, McNeive R, Miller A, Nichols AE, Riotto A, Rzepkowzski A, Scott-Whitlow CM, Seifert K, Vaidyanathan R. Gram positive bacteria isolated from the common bedbug, Cimex lectularius L. Entomologica Americana. 2013;119(1 & 2):23-29.

Le NMP, Cockburn C, Nowell K, Brown J. Activation of GABAA or 5HT1A receptors in the raphe pallidus abolish the cardiovascular response to exogenous stress in conscious rats. Brain Research Bulletin. 2011;86:360-366.

Pope WH, et al. Expanding the Diversity of Mycobacteriophages: Insights Into Genome Architecture and Evolution. PLoS One. 2011;Jan 27;6(1):e16329
Truchan HK, Cockburn CL, Hebert KS, Magunda F, Noh SM, Carlyon JA. The pathogen-occupied vacuoles of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma marginale interact with the endoplasmic reticulum. 2015. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. In press.

Truchan HK, VieBrock L, Cockburn CL, Ojogun N, Griffin BP, Wijesinghe DS, Chalfant CE, and Carlyon JA. Anaplasma phagocytophilum Rab10-dependent parasitism of the trans-Golgi network is critical for completion of the infection cycle. Cell Microbiol. 2015 Aug 19. doi: 10.1111/cmi.12500. PMID: 26289115

Truchan HK*, Cockburn CL*, May LJ, Viebrock L, Carlyon JA. Anaplasma phagocytophilum-occupied vacuole interactions with the host cell cytoskeleton. 2016. Veterinary Sciences. In press. *equal contribution