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Bioinformatics Core

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Fortnightly Virology Research Conference (FVRC)



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External Advisory Committee

Dr. Mary K. Estes
Director, Texas Gulf Coast Digestive Diseases Center
Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology and Medicine-GI
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Dr. Estes is a true pioneer in investigations of and vaccine development for RNA viruses with enormous medical importance, including: Rotaviruses (the major cause of infantile diarrhea and an important cause of infant deaths worldwide) and Caliciviruses (the cause of millions of cases of gastroenteritis, often in epidemics). Her contributions in RNA virology, viral immunology, and the use of animal models to dissect viral pathogenesis will benefit all investigators in the CMTV.

Dr. Elliott Kieff
Albee Professor, Department of Medicine and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Dr. Kieff is both a gifted clinician and molecular virologist. His contributions to the field of tumor virology, especially with regard to EBV, are unmatched. His cloning and mapping of the EBV genome allowed the field of tumor virology to advance, and his laboratory continues to provide insights into the mechanisms of EBV transformation. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Thomas E. Shenk
Elkins Professor in the Life Sciences, Department of Molecular Biology
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Dr. Shenk is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has an outstanding record of research accomplishments and contributions to virology. His many years of research on the Adenoviruses yielded a firm understanding of the molecular biology and transformation activity of these important pathogens. In recent years, Dr. Shenk has focused his research on the molecular biology and biology of human cytomegalovirus, and his work has given new insights into this complex herpesvirus. Dr. Shenk will offer much to all members of the CMTV.

Dr. Patricia G. Spear
Professor, Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Dr. Spear is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a leader in herpesvirology. She too has received numerous honors, awards, and recognition. Dr. Spear has carried out pioneering studies on the role of herpesvirus glycoproteins and has identified cellular molecules that mediate virus attachment and entry. Her broad expertise and experience in many areas of animal virology will enhance the research projects of the CMTV.

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


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