Dr. Dennis Bente is an assistant professor, researcher, and veterinarian. His research focus is on tick-borne hemorrhagic fever viruses such as Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.
What makes Dr. Bente’s research most unique is that he and his team are studying this family of diseases under maximum biocontainment conditions in the BSL4 laboratories of UTMB’s Galveston National Laboratory (GNL). Within the unique research facilities of the GNL, Dr. Bente and his team are breaking new ground in the worldwide fight against these diseases.
Dr. Bente considers himself a traditionally-trained virologist who seeks non-traditional and multidisciplinary input to improve his craft. He strives to innovate – not just in the lab, but in communicating the science, practices and findings. Working with some of the world’s most dangerous viruses is multifaceted and intricate, but he wants to break down the complexities of our discipline and ignite an understanding that breeds excitement in all audiences. Before joining the faculty at UTMB in the fall of 2010, Dr. Bente held posts at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada with Dr. Heinz Feldmann, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio with Dr. Rebeca Rico-Hesse, and the Plum Island Foreign Animal Disease Center, NY. He received both his doctor of veterinary medicine and his PhD from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany.