Infectious Diseases

Basic Virology

Our researchers are interested in several chronic viral infections. Basic studies in HIV are supported by the CFAR laboratory of retrovirology that provides viral load testing, CD4/CD8 T lymphocyte enumeration and drug resistance assays for all research studies.

Active areas of research interest include the proteomic and nucleic acid determinants of HIV-1 acquisition and disease progression and the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on HIV infection.

Division researchers are supported by core facilities that offer state-of-the-art proteomic and transcriptome analysis; a repository of specimens (tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, plasma, peripheral blood mononuclear cell) obtained from patients infected with HIV, HBV, HCV, human papillomavirus (HPV) or Helicobacter pylori; and support for prospective studies of alcohol abuse and HIV natural history.