Northwestern University

Tue 12:00 PM

Microbiology-Immunology Department: Billy Tsai, PhD

When: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Dr. Gregory A. Smith   312.503.3745

Group: Department of Microbiology-Immunology Seminars/Events

Category: Lectures & Meetings



"Hijacking Host Components to Promote Infection by DNA Tumor Viruses"

Billy Tsai, PhD - University of Michigan

Host: Gregory A. Smith, PhD


Our lab is focused on understanding how viruses hijack host cell factors to cause disease. In particular, we seek to clarify the entry mechanism of DNA tumor viruses including polyomavirus and papillomavirus, as well as RNA viruses belonging to the flavivirus family including Dengue and Zika viruses. Our studies have revealed a rather striking conservation in entry mechanism between these viruses. For instance, we discovered how machineries within the endoplasmic reticulum are exploited by these viruses to promote infection. These findings raise the possibility that there may be a common anti-viral strategy against diseases caused by these viruses.

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