Principal Investigator

Andrew Janowski, MD, MSCI

Andrew Janowski, MD, MSCI

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Disease

Andrew Janowski grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin and graduated from Middleton High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his undergraduate studies, he developed a knack for research, working with Professor Gary Lyons in characterization of a novel protein Axotrophin/March7. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for medical school, graduating with research honors. He then moved to Pittsburgh to complete his pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. While there, he discovered a passion for infectious diseases and virology. He moved to St. Louis in 2013 to start a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and established his research program in virology under the mentorship of David Wang PhD. During his fellowship, several cases of encephalitis due to astroviruses were published. Together with Dave Wang, Janowski was the first person to isolate and propagate astrovirus VA1 in cell culture. Janowski has now founded a lab built around discovery and characterization of novel viruses. He is a dedicated teacher, having previously won the Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award from the Department of Pediatrics.


Clare Wallace, MS

Clare Wallace, MS

Research Lab Supervisor

Macee Owen, MS

Macee Owen, MS

Research Technician II

Macee Owen grew up near Tuscon Arizona and came to St Louis for her undergraduate studies at Webster University. She completed her degree in three years while playing for the university volleyball team. Macee joined the lab in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and completed her Masters in Biomedical sciences. She has worked primarily on the characterization of the seroprevalence of neutralizing antibodies to VA1 and the mouse model of VA1 infection. She plans to further her education with a PhD degree in immunology at Washington University.

Past Personnel

Maddie Dieffenbacher

Undergraduate summer and fall researcher (2021)

Current position: Washington University undergraduate student

Holly Dudley, BS

Research Technician II (2018-2020)

Current position: Graduate student at Case Western Reserve University