Members

Bert L. Semler, PhD, Director (on sabbatical leave)
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  RNA virus gene expression; RNA-protein and protein-protein interactions; mechanisms of replication of picornavirus genomic RNAs; mechanisms of translation initiation for viral and cellular mRNAs     Semler lab Homepage

Hans-Ulrich Bernard, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Papillomaviruses and cervical cancer 

Michael J. Buchmeier, PhD (Acting Director)
Dept of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Dept of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Arenaviruses, coronaviruses, biology of RNA viruses, viral pathogenesis, structural biology of viruses, biology of zoonotic and emerging viruses and biodefense     Buchmeier lab homepage

David Camerini, PhD
Cancer Research Institute
Research Interests:  Molecular biology and pathogenesis of HIV-1

Hung Y. Fan, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Molecular biology of retroviruses, immunology, cancer biology and gene therapy

Donald N. Forthal, MD
Chief Division of Infectious Disease, School of Medicine
Research Interests:  Infectious diseases, viral immunology, HIV, antibodies, Fc receptors, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity

Paul D. Gershon, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Nucleic acid-protein interactions and molecular dynamics, catalytic mechanisms, proteomics and virion structure

Anthony A. James, PhD
Departments of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Molecular biology of insect vectors of disease, genetics of vector competence, malaria, dengue fever

C. Sunny Jiang, PhD
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests:  Environmental biotechnology, water quality and pollution microbiology and microbial ecology

Young Jik Kwon, PhD
Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Dept of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science; Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:   Gene therapy, bioorthogonal modifications of enveloped viruses, virus-polymer conjugates for nanobiotechnological applications     Kwon lab homepage

Alexander McPherson, PhD                                                                                                                                          Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Macromolecular crystal growth; X-ray diffraction analysis of protein, nucleic acid and virus crystals; atomic force ficroscopy studies of biological structures, immunoglobulin structure, virus structure and assembly

Hung D. Nguyen, PhD
Dept of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science; Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:  Physical virology, virus structure and assembly, computer simulations of biological and soft condensed matter systems     Nguyen lab homepage

Irene Munk Pedersen, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Regulation of microRNAs (miRs) and their role in human disease (cancer), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) development and viral defense

W. Edward Robinson, Jr, MD, PhD
Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:   Anti-HIV drug development and the roles various HIV proteins play in the retroviral life cycle

Suzanne B. Sandmeyer, PhD
Department of Biological Chemistry and Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  Molecular genetics and biochemistry of retrotransposons and metabolic engineering in budding yeast     Sandmeyer lab homepage

Rozanne M. Sandri-Goldin, PhD
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  ICP27, regulatory protein, HSV-1, mRNA processing, RNA export, RNA splicing and virus-host interactions

Luis P. Villarreal, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Research Interests:  Virus evolution, viral gene therapy vectors, BSL3 cell culture, cancer virology, proteomics, biodefense

Steven L. Wechsler, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology and Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) latency and pathogenesis

Gregory A. Weiss, PhD
Department of Chemistry and Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Research Interests:  Bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology, protein engineering, molecular biology and biochemistry     Weiss lab homepage

Virus Systems Under Study

  • Murine leukemia virus
  • Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Simian immunodeficiency virus
  • Ty3 retrotransposon in yeast
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
  • SARS-Coronavirus
  • Mouse hepatitis virus
  • Poliovirus
  • Human rhinovirus
  • Coxsackievirus
  • West Nile virus
  • Dengue virus
  • Hepatitis C virus
  • Turnip yellow mosaic virus
  • Satellite tobacco mosaic virus
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Adenovirus
  • Parvovirus
  • Polyomavirus
  • M13 bacteriophage
  • Mimivirus
  • Vaccinia virus

Participating Departments:

Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Department of Environmental Health, Science, and Policy

Department of Biological Chemistry

Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

Department of Neurology

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Chemistry

Department of Medicine 

Connected Programs:

California Center for Antiviral Drug Discovery

Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics

Multiple Sclerosis Research Center

Cancer Research Institute

Chao Family Comprehesive Cancer Center

Beckman Laser Institute

Frederick A. Murphy, DVM, PhD, Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch,
Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases