Our Faculty

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.
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.
Professor
Research interests: Viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development

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

Ashlee Moses, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Viral pathogenesis; anti-viral defense; KSHV/HHV8, HIV, herpesviruses

Dan Streblow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: CMV pathogenesis and transplantation

Jonah Sacha, Ph.D. | Sacha Laboratory
Associate Professor
Research interests: T cell biology, Retroviruses, Vaccine development

Scott Hansen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: HIV pathogenesis and vaccine development

Patrizia Caposio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: CMV pathogenesis, vascular diseases, and angiogenesis

Victor DeFilippis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Activation and evasion of innate immune responses by viral pathogens

Alec Hirsch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Virus-host cell interactions

Rebecca Skalsky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Non-coding RNAs (i.e. microRNAs) in viral pathogenesis, DNA tumor virus biology (i.e. gamma-herpesviruses)

Afam Okoye, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Research interests: Viral pathogenesis, T cell homeostasis, Immunological aging

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

Benjamin Burwitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Research interests: Dr. Burwitz's research is two-pronged, focusing on Hepatitis B virus/HIV co-infections, as well as hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Jessica Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Research interests: Studying the molecular biology of flaviviruses, including Dengue, West Nile, and Zika virus

Meaghan Hancock, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Research interests: Studying the roles of human cytomegalovirus (CMV) miRNAs in modulating host cellular signaling pathways

Affiliate Faculty

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

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