Michael Emerman, Ph.D.


Michael Emerman, Ph.D.

Human Biology Division, Fred Hutch

Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

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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.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Editor
PLoS Pathogens

Affiliate Professor
Department of Microbiology, UW

Affiliate Professor
Department of Global Health, UW


Postdoc, Pasteur Institute (France)

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S., Ohio State University

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Dr. Emerman in the News

Panning for gold in a dependent-sea of genes

Science Spotlight - March 20, 2023

A Passport to Cross-species Transmission

Science Spotlight - October 18, 2021

AIDS@40: Stories of hope and heroes

Hutch News - May 27, 2021

COVID-19 Research at Fred Hutch

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