Associate Professor of Pathology, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Director, Biobehavioral Oncology Core Facility, Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee,Hillman Cancer Center
I have over 25 years experience as a molecular virologist studying human herpes viruses including pathogenesis, gene function and seroprevalence. Our laboratory is involved on several studies on human herpesvirus-8 including immune responses, establishment and reactivation of viral latency and gene function. We have also been involved for several years in biobehavioral medicine. Specifically, we are interested in the role of stress and stress hormones in disease pathogenesis. Our current studies involve how stress hormones affect individual cells, the types of damage they may inflict on these cells and the outcomes of these interactions.