Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute Faculty and Research

VGTI Leadership

Co- Director

Louis Picker, M.D.

VGTI Faculty

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Klaus Frueh, Ph.D.
Professor

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Frueh Lab

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)

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Scott W. Wong, Ph.D.
Professor

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Wong Lab

Research interests:
Viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development

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Ashlee Moses, Ph.D.
Professor

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Moses Lab

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

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Daniel Streblow, Ph.D.
Professor

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Streblow Lab

Research interests:
CMV pathogenesis and transplantation

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Scott Hansen, Ph.D.
Professor

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Hansen Lab

Research interests:
HIV pathogenesis and vaccine development

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Victor DeFilippis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Defilippis Lab
 

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

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Patrizia Caposio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Caposio Lab

Research interests:
CMV pathogenesis, vascular diseases, and angiogenesis

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Afam Okoye, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Okoye Lab

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

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Alec Hirsch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Hirsch Lab
 

Research interests:
Virus-host cell interactions

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Rebecca Skalsky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 

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Skalsky Lab

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

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Jeremy Smedley, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Professor and Head of ONPRC Infectious Disease Resource

Smedley Lab

Research interests:
Developing new minimally invasive surgical techniques and optimizing animal models

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Brandon Wilder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Wilder Lab

Research interests:
The Wilder lab is focused on understanding how our immune system can fight malaria, and how we can use this information to make an effective vaccine suitable for widespread use and elimination of this ancient disease

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Meaghan Hancock, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Hancock Lab

Research interests:
Studying the roles of human cytomegalovirus (CMV) miRNAs in modulating host cellular signaling pathways

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Daniel Malouli, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

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Research interests:
Cytomegalovirus genomics, determinants of species specificity and evolution; BAC recombineering and vector construction, Vaccine development; non-human primate in vivo models. 

Affiliate Faculty

Michael Axthelm, DVM, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: NPH models for Aids research, virology and human viral diseases

Benjamin Bimber, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and ONPRC Core Scientist
Research interests: HIV/TB/Malaria pathogenesis, Bioinformatics, Immunogenetics

Marcel E. Curlin, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious diseases, School of Medicine
Joint Appointment as Associate Professor at VGTI
Clinical Research Interest: HIV Vaccine research, emerging infectious diseases and development of international collaborative research initiatives between OHSU and partners in Southeast Asia

Nancy Haigwood, Ph.D.
Professor and Director ONPRC
Research interests: HIV humoral immunity and pathogenesis

Ann J. Hessell, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Research interests: HIV humoral immunity and pathogenesis

Aleksandra Sikora, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Oregon State University
Adjunct Associate Professor, Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute, OHSU
Research Interests: Therapeutic interventions against gonorrhea.

Fikadu G. Tafesse, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Research interest: host-pathogen interactions