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Dr. Byung C. Ahn


Dr. Ahn is investigating the molecular biology of alphaherpesvirus gene regulation. His goal is to identify cellular proteins that bind to elements in the promoter of a key viral gene and thereby influence the expression of a major viral regulatory protein. Part of his work concerns the possible role of anti-sense viral RNA molecules in viral gene programming.

Dr. Malgorzata Bienkowska-Haba


Dr. Bienkowska-Haba is investigating the intracellular trafficking of human papillomavirus during infection. Her focus is the identification of cellular compartments which are targeted by the minor capsid protein L2 and investigation of L2's role in intracytoplasmic trafficking and nuclear translocation of the viral genome.

Dr. Gary C.T. Chan


Dr. Chan is investigating the molecular changes in monocytes that promote viral dissemination and are associated with viral pathogenesis.

Dr. Harish Changotra


Dr. Changotra is working on the role that the virion glycoproteins gM and gp350 play in virus assembly and entry of Epstein-Barr virus into the cell.

Dr. Liudmila S. Chesnokova


Dr. Chesnokova's research focuses on the entry of Epstein-Barr virus into epithelial cells. Her goal is to identify the epithelial cell coreceptor that interacts with the virus glycoproteins gH and gL and facilitates fusion between the virus envelope and the cell membrane.

Dr. Gan Dai


Dr. Dai is investigating the molecular genetics of equine herpesvirus type 1 and seeks to determine the role of the IR2 regulatory gene in virus replication and to ascertain if the IR2 gene is essential for virus replication.

Dr. Ru Jiang


Dr. Jiang is researching the roles played by Epstein-Barr virus glycoproteins in virus transmission, tropism and spread within the host.


Dr. Mikhail Khoretonenko


Dr. Khoretonenko is investigating the pro-inflammatory potential of cytomegalovirus with a view to understanding how this virus contributes to cardiovascular disease. His primary focus is the role of endothelium-platelet interactions in vascular responses to CMV infection either alone or in combination with other cardiovascular risk factors. 


Dr. Seong-man Kim




Dr. Kim is studying the early events of papillomavirus infection including virus and receptor interactions.

Dr. Haiyan Li


Dr. Li is investigating the molecular biology of chronic gammaherpesvirus infection.  She is using mutant viruses that are replication-defective to establish in vivo and in vitro systems to study latency.  Her goals are to define and characterize novel viral genes that are involved in latency and pathogenesis, and to determine some of the molecular mechanisms used by host cells to govern the establishment of latency.

Dr. Guangliang Liu


Dr. Liu is interested in defining the importance of persistent murine norovirus infection on the impairment of memory immune responses.  His project will test the hypothesis that infection of dendritic cells alters the ability of the cell to present antigen to and activate T cells, leading to a lack of protective mucosal immunity.

Dr. Santanu Mukherjee


Dr. Mukherjee is studying cell surface events of HPV16 infection leading to infectious internalization of viral particles.

Dr. Seiichi Omura


Dr. Omura is investigating neurodegeneration in autoimmune and viral models for multiple sclerosis, using neuropathological methods and microarray.

Dr. Fumitaka Sato


Dr. Sato will investigate neurotropic virus infections and autoimmune diseases, using animal models for multiple sclerosis.  He will use immunological and pathological methods in his research.

Dr. Fangfang Zhang


The cellular transcription factor Pax5 has been implicated in the commitment of lymphoid progenitors to the B lymphocyte lineage, in the transcriptional control of B cell development and function, and as a contributor to human B cell malignancies when deregulated by chromosomal translocation. Dr. Zhang is studying the interaction of the Epstein-Barr virus lytic cycle protein Zta with Pax5 in regard to pathological implications it may have at this stage of the virus life cycle.

Dr. Yunfei Zhang


Dr. Zhang is investigating the mechanism by which the trans-activation domain of the major regulatory protein of equine herpesvirus-1 functions.

The project described was supported by NIH Grant Number
P20RR018724 from the National Center for Research Resources.