Jordi Torrelles, Ph.D.
Microbial Infection and Immunity
College of Medicine
Our contribution will be related to food safety, more concretely to battle infectious diseases that are globally affecting sources of livestock. In this context, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is an economically important disease of pigs caused by PRRS virus (PRRSV) incurring an estimated $664 million loses annually to the US pork industry. The current live PRRSV vaccine is unsafe. Thus, in order to improve global life quality by inspiring sustainable multi-disciplinary food solutions in the pork industry, together with Dr. Gourapura, we are studying the developing of new nanoparticle vaccines containing inactivated PRRSV in combination with potent adjuvants.