Laboratory for Vaccine Research and Development (LVRD)

The Laboratory for Vaccine Research and Development (LVRD) is a component of the Institute for Immunology and Informatics within the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Rhode Island. The laboratory is located in the Shepard Building of URI’s Feinstein Providence campus.


The LVRD conducts research on a variety of diseases including H. pylori, influenza, burkholderia, tuleremia and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).



  • Annie De Groot, M.D., Research Professor
  • Leonard Moise, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor

Research staff

  • Rui Liu, Ph.D., Research Associate
  • Barbara Martin, Research Associate
  • Ryan Tassone, Bioinformatics Research Associate/Data Analyst
  • Mohab Ali, Research Associate


  • Andres Nunez, Graduate Student


The Laboratory for Vaccine Research and Development is a mixed-use space consisting of a 1,200-square-foot wet lab and a 400-square-foot computer/bioinformatics suite. Major equipment includes:

  • Eppendorf 5810R high speed centrifuge
  • Microfuges
  • Shaking incubators
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers (-20 C and -80 C)
  • Bacterial incubator
  • Water bath
  • Electrophoresis equipment
  • Bio-Rad UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Bio-Rad Dual 48 Thermal Cycler
  • Victor ELISA plate reader
  • AKTA Avant 25 FPLC
  • Thermo Fisher Speed Vac Evaporator


  • April 15, 2016

    ISV & Vaccine Renaissance Conference – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS!

    The 2016 ISV Annual Congress in collaboration with Vaccine Renaissance X and DNA Vaccine will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on Oct. 2-4, 2016.    Registration abstract is opening soon! The planning committee encourages you to submit an abstract for consideration! Abstract Submission Deadline: June 24th Abstract Decision Deadline: July 15th
  • March 11, 2016

    10th Annual Vaccine Renaissance Save the Date Postcard

    CLICK HERE to see the save the date postcard for 2016 ISV Conference
  • February 19, 2016

    iCubed Team Members Making Moves

    This past week at iCubed, Dr. Barbara Lohman Payne received a new title of Associate Research Professor. Barbara joined iCubed and URI as a Research Assistant Professor in 2013, with the Laboratory of Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis. Dr. Lohman-Payne’s area of research is viral immunopathology, with special interest in the impact of HIV exposure in ...