Human Biology Division, Fred Hutch
Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Dr. Michael Emerman studies how our cells interact with HIV and related retroviruses. Over millennia, our cells and the cells of other primates that are susceptible to retrovirus infection have evolved strategies to rebuff the viruses. In turn, retroviruses like HIV have evolved their own strategies to overcome our defenses. Dr. Emerman charts the course of this evolution, examining how HIV adapted to humans from its origins as a primate retrovirus. Understanding ancient viral infections can give clues to our ability to resist — or succumb — to HIV. Insights into effective cellular antiviral defenses could also shed light on avenues for development of potential future antiretroviral therapies.
Department of Microbiology, UW
Department of Global Health, UW
B.S., Ohio State University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Postdoc, Pasteur Institute (France)
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