Dr. Gehrke’s Ph.D. thesis research was on translation-level regulation of gene expression with Professor Joseph Ilan at Case Western Reserve University.  During postdoctoral work at MIT with Alex Rich, he started working with viruses (particularly alfalfa mosaic virus) and explored RNA secondary structure and its relationship to mRNA translational efficiency.

The current research interests of the Gehrke Laboratory focus on viral RNA-protein interactions, activation of innate immune signaling, translation-level regulation of gene expression, and developing point-of-care diagnostics to detect dangerous viruses.