The Mubareka lab has been working to recover respiratory viruses emitted into the air by naturally-infected patients with laboratory-confirmed infection in acute and long-term care settings.
Additional work in the clinical setting includes the characterization of bioaerosol production during purported aerosol-generating procedures, including bronchoscopy and non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation.
In addition to research in the clinical setting, we have been developing experimental tools and methods in aerovirology.
We have designed a novel low-volume air sampler to determine the viability of virions recovered from the air, thus providing insight into the risk of transmission.
Members of the laboratory are also examining the effects of environmental determinants on virus survival in air.
The majority of this work is focused on influenza virus, and we also have an interest in coronavirus and rhinovirus.
Most recently, we have also developed a project focused on the use of novel antivirals for influenza, and we are also exploring viral transmission at the human-animal interface; field investigations for the latter are ongoing.
Dr Mubareka's lab
Our laboratory is located in the S wing at Sunnybrook Research Institute, 2075 Bayview Ave.
Currently, there is:
- a post-doctoral fellow
- two graduate students
- two technicians
- a research assistant
We also host visiting graduate students and anticipate 1-2 summer students annually.
Our lab has been involved in COVID-19 studies, see the news story: U of T and McMaster researchers at Sunnybrook Hospital isolate virus behind COVID-19