Electrical Engineering Student

Meda Higa, Ph.D.


  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pennsylvania (2011)
  • Ph.D., University of Utah (2007)
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz (1998)


  • Introduction to Molecular Biology
  • Virology

Research Interests

  • Virus-host interactions
  • Viral entry into cells, with a particular focus on Hantaviruses
  • Structure and function of viral glycoproteins


  • Keystone Symposia Minority Travel Scholarship, 2008
  • American Society for Cell Biology Travel Grant, 2006
  • Regents Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994-1998

Recent Publications

  • Higa MM, Petersen JE, Hooper JW, and Doms RW. Efficient Production of Hantaan and Puumala Pseudovirions for Viral Tropism and Neutralization Studies. Virology 2011 (accepted)
  • Higa MM. Lessons Learned from a Virus with No Name. 2010. Winds of Change 25(2): 72.
  • Higa MM, Ullman KS. 2008. Nup153. UCSD-Nature Molecule Pages (doi:10.1038/mp.a003702.01)
  • Higa MM, Alam SL, Sundquist WE, and Ullman KS. 2007. Molecular characterization of the Ran-binding zinc finger domain of Nup153. Journal of Biological Chemistry 282: 17090-17100.

Professional Association

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS)