Trained as a protein chemist at Caltech, I joined BIOTEC’s Virology and Cell Technology lab in 2011 as a junior researcher focusing on dissecting the roles of polymerase subunits of the pandemic 2009 (H1N1) influenza virus in restricting genetic reassortment. Later, I moved on to lead a project studying nucleoprotein-mediated intertypic interference during co-infection of types A and B influenza viruses. Using virological, cell biological, and biochemical approaches, we delineated the mechanism underlying influenza A virus growth suppression by influenza B virus nucleoprotein (BNP). As the lab branched out to study veterinary viruses such as porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), I also joined a project characterizing cleavage of PEDV nucleocapsid by PEDV-encoded main protease and studying its role in PEDV cell adaptation. Recently, we have been a part of the UK-Thai team funded by GCRF to create locally-produced recombinant subunit vaccines against veterinary viruses, starting with porcine circovirus type 2.