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Dr. Hartman's broad research interests center on understanding the pathogenic mechanisms of RNA viruses, particularly arboviruses (viruses transmitted by insect). The focus of her research is on arboviruses that have the potential to spread to new locations (emerging viruses), as well as those that have the potential for misuse through bioterrorism. In addition to understanding the disease-causing mechanisms of these viruses, Dr. Hartman works closely with the Department of Defense to assist in the testing of new treatments and vaccines to protect U.S. military personnel from exposure to virulent viruses. Current research projects in Dr. Hartman's lab focus on aerosol infection models of Rift Valley Fever virus and the alphaviruses (Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis viruses).
She received her Ph.D. in molecular virology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Hartman also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Special Pathogens Branch and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Hartman is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society for Virology, the American Biological Safety Association, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses.