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The Art of Self- Defence (Nature) (click to download)

Senior Faculty

Jay Nelson, Ph.D.
Director/Professor
Research interests: Flaviviruses, CMV pathogenesis, WNV, and HIV virology and pathobiology

Louis Picker, M.D.
Associate Director/Professor
Research interests: Human and primate T cell biology, immunologic memory, and vaccine development

Klaus Früh, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist/Professor
Research interests: HHV8 virology and pathobiology, functional genomics, host pathogen interaction: particularly viral Immune modulation
Works with the following viral families: Herpesviruses (cytomegalovirus, Kaposi’s sarcoma associated virus), Poxviruses (Cowpox, Monkeypox), Flaviviruses (West Nile Virus, Dengue Virus)

Scott W. Wong, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist/Professor
Research interests: Viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development

Michael Axthelm, DVM, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Research interests:

Ashlee Moses, Ph.D.

Associate Scientist/Professor
Research interests: Viral pathogenesis; anti-viral defense; KSHV/HHV8, HIV, herpesviruses

Dan Streblow, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist

Research interests: CMV pathogenesis and transplantation

Junior Faculty

Patrizia Caposio, Ph.D.


Assistant Scientist

Research interests: CMV pathogenesis, vascular diseases, and angiogenesis

Victor DeFilippis, Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist

Research interests: Activation and evasion of innate immune responses by viral pathogens



Janet L. Douglas, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

Research interests: Mechanisms of enveloped virus egress and evasion of host innate immune restrictions

Scott Hansen, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist 

Research interests:

Alec Hirsch, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist 

Research interests: Virus-host cell interactions

Afam Okoye, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

Research interests: Viral pathogenesis, T cell homeostasis, Immunological aging

Haesun Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist
Research interests: Microbial pathogenesis and vaccine development

Jonah Sacha, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

Research interests: T cell biology, Retroviruses, Vaccine development

Rebecca Skalsky, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

Research interests: Non-coding RNAs (i.e. microRNAs) in viral pathogenesis, DNA tumor virus biology (i.e. gamma-herpesviruses)