Our 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

Jacob D. Estes, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief
Research interests: HIV/SIV immunopathology, reservoir persistence, inflammatory bowel disease, and lymphoid and intestinal fibrosis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)
Skalsky Laboratory

Benjamin Burwitz, Ph.D.
Assistant 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

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

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

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

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

Brandon Wilder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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

Yoshinori Fukazawa, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research interests: Understanding how HIV persistently infect under effective immune pressure and antiretroviral therapy (ART) is crucial to developing a therapy to eradicate HIV.

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

Justin Greene, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research interests: Unconventional T cells, T cell immunology, HIV/TB vaccines and immunotherapies

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