Our Investigators

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The Institute for Molecular Virology fosters a collegial and highly interactive community of virologists, which provides a very attractive atmosphere in which to recruit new virologists to the University of Minnesota.  Virologists, particularly senior faculty, are looking for the added value of joining an institution that provides the infrastructure for fostering and encouraging interactions among virus researchers that can be viewed by the recruit as the type of collegial environment that can enhance their research program through new interactions and collaborations.  In this regard, the IMV has aided other AHC units in virology faculty recruitment and retention, as well as aided in stimulating new initiatives and new scholarly productivity in the form of grants and publications resulting from an interactive and collegial environment.  Such activity helps to emphasize the vibrant and active research community of virus researchers that is particularly attractive to faculty being recruited to the IMV and the UMN.

Virology Investigators

Hideki Aihara, PhD
Associate Professor

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-624-1491 | aihar001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Research expertise:
DNA rearrangement systems

Dwight Anderson, PhD
Professor Emeritus

Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Department of

(612) 624-7989 | dlander@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Medical School, Microbiology Department, School of Dentistry
Research expertise: Bacteriophage phi29 structure and assembly

Jason Baker, MD
Assistant Professor

Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, Division of (IDIM)

612-624-9996 | baker@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Department of Medicine, Medical School
Research expertise: Clinical management of HIV infection

Paul Bohjanen, MD, PhD
Professor

Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, Division of (IDIM)

612-625-7679 | bohja001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR); Department of Medicine
Research expertise:
Clinical management of HIV infection

Wade Bresnahan, PhD
Associate Professor

Microbiology Department

612-626-5876 | bresn013@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
 Molecular mechanisms of human cytomegalovirus replication and pathogenesis

Maxim Cheeran, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor

Veterinary Population Medicine, Department of (VPM)

612-626-9930 | cheeran@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine (IDIM), Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR), Department of Medicine
Research expertise: 
Neuropathogenesis of cytomegalovirus

Christine Clouser, PhD
Assistant Professor

Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Department of

612-624-5172 | cclouser@umn.edu

Additional organizations: School of Dentistry
Research expertise
: HIV lethal mutagenesis; viral quasispecies

Levi Downs, MD
Associate Professor

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, Department of (OBGYN)

612-626-6499 | downs008@umn.edu

Additional organizations: University of Minnesota Physicians; University of Minnesota Medical Center; Deborah. E. Powell Center for Women's Health; Women's Cancer Research Program; Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health (OBGYN)
Research expertise:
 HPV-induced carcinogenesis, molecular therapeutics for cervical cancer and gynecologic oncology clinical trials.

Robert Geraghty, PhD
Associate Professor

Drug Design, Center for (CDD)

612-625-3281 | gerag012@umn.edu

Research expertise: Herpesviruses, RNA viruses

Rajaram Gopalakrishnan, PhD
Associate Professor

Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Department of

612-624-0918 | gopal007@umn.edu

Additional organizations: School of Dentistry, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Research expertise
: Metabolic bone loss associated with antiretroviral therapy

Sagar Goyal, PhD
Professor

Veterinary Medicine, College of

612-625-2714 | goyal001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
Research expertise:
Virus pathogenesis

Shelley Grimes, PhD
Associate Professor

Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Department of

612-624-0667 | grime001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: School of Dentistry
Research expertise:
Dentistry; Structural virology

Ashley Haase, MD
Regents' Professor and Head

Microbiology Department

612-624-4442 | haase001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
Viral pathogenesis, HIV

Perry Hackett, PhD
Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Department of

612-624-6736 | hacke004@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Center for Genome Engineering
Research expertise:
Development of transgenic vectors for vertebrates; developing non-viral vectors for human gene therapy; analysis of gene expression in transgenic animals; analysis of integration sites of vectors in transgenic animals.

Daniel Harki, PhD
Assistant Professor

Medicinal Chemistry, Department of

612-625-8687 | daharki@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Pharmacy
Research expertise: Design, synthesis and biophysical characterization of small molecules that influence cellular function.

Reuben Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Director

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-624-0457 | rsh@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
Mechanisms of purposeful mutation relating to innate and adaptive immunity

Keith Henry, MD
Adjunct Professor

Emergency Medicine, Department of

612-624-9996 | henry206@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Medical Education, Department of Medicine
Research expertise:
Clinical management of HIV infection

Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD
Professor

Dentistry, School of

612-625-8404 | mcherzb@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Division of Basic Sciences, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training Program (MnCResT)
Research expertise:
Molecular mechanisms of infection; mucosal infection by HIV-1

Kristin Hogquist, PhD
Professor

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Department of

612-625-1616 | hogqu001@umn.edu

Additional organization: Center for Immunology
Research expertise:
T cell development in the thymus

Paul Jardine, PhD
Associate Professor

Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Department of

612-624-0667 | jardine@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Foundations in Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration, School of Dentistry
Research expertise: Structural virology

Ryan Langlois
Assistant Professor

Microbiology Department

612-625-3633 | langlois@umn.edu

Research expertise: Immunity to influenza virus infections

David Largaespada, PhD
Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Department of

612-626-4979 | larga002@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Biological Sciences, Center for Genome Engineering, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Institute of Human Genetics, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC), Medical School, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
Cancer genetics, myeloid leukemia, Neurofibromatosis type 1 (Nf1) gene, signal transduction, insertional mutagenesis, murine leukemia virus, transposons

Fang Li, PhD
Associate Professor

Pharmacology, Department of

612-625-6149 | lifang@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Medical School, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
Structural virology, human viral pathogens, glycoproteins, polymerases

Yuying Liang, PhD
Associate Professor

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Department of

612-625-3376 | liangy@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Veterinary Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
Virus-host interactions of arenavirus and influenza virus

James Lokensgard, PhD
Associate Professor

Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, Division of (IDIM)

612-626-9914 | loken006@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR), Medical School, Department of Medicine
Research expertise:
Neurovirology

Hinh Ly, PhD
Associate Professor

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Department of

612-625-3358 | hly@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Veterinary Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
Lassa fever virus replication and host immune suppression

Kim Carpenter Mansky, PhD
Associate Professor

Orthodontics, Division of

612-626-5582 | kmansky@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, School of Dentistry
Research expertise:
Metabolic bone loss associated with antiretroviral therapy

Louis Mansky, PhD
Professor

Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Department of

612-626-5525 | mansky@umn.edu

Additional organizations: School of Dentistry, Division of Basic Sciences, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
Cell and molecular biology of HIV and HTLV; Antiviral drug discovery and development; Antiviral drug resistance; HIV genetic variation, evolution and population genetics; Viral quasispecies; Virus assembly; Evolution of emerging viruses

David Masopust, PhD
Associate Professor

Microbiology Department

612-625-4666 | masopust@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
T cell migration, differentiation, and memory development in response to infections

Hiroshi Matsuo, PhD
Associate Professor

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-626-6524 | matsu029@umn.edu

Research expertise: Structural virology

R. Scott McIvor, PhD
Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Department of

612-626-1497 | mcivo001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise:
Gene therapy

Thomas Molitor, PhD
Professor

Veterinary Population Medicine, Department of (VPM)

612-625-5295 | molit001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Programs
Research expertise: Virus neuropathogenesis

Joachim Mueller, PhD
Professor

Physics and Astronomy

612-625-4369 | muell053@umn.edu

Research expertise: Experimental biophysics, two-photon excitation microscopy, fluorescence fluctuation spectroscopy

Michael Murtaugh, PhD
Professor

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Department of

612-625-6735 | murta001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Policy Research Center, Comparative & Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program
Research expertise: Molecular immunology, including the role of cytokine expression in disease pathogenesis and in protective immunity; protein and antibody engineering, molecular pharmacology

Julie Olson, PhD
Associate Professor

School of Dentistry

612-626-6304 | jkolson@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Division of Basic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences
Research expertise:
Neurovirology; neuroimmunology; biology of microglia

Neil Olszewski, PhD
Professor

Plant Biology

612-625-3129 | neil@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Biological Sciences
Research expertise: Pararetrovirus molecular biology

Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Professor

School of Public Health

612-626-6770 | mto@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS), Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Medical School
Research expertise: Infectious disease epidemiology, bioterrorism, foodborne diseases, antibiotic resistance, vaccine preventable diseases, internet-based information systems, national policy development

Steven Patterson, PhD
Professor

Drug Design, Center for (CDD)

612-625-7962 | patte219@umn.edu

Research expertise: Anti-microbial drugs, cancer therapy, antiviral therapy, cyanide antidotes

Phillip Peterson, MD
Professor

Medicine, Department of

612-624-9996 | peter137@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Veterinary Medicine, Medical School, School of Public Health, International Medical Education and Research Program
Research expertise:
HIV neuropathogenesis

Cavan Reilly, PhD
Associate Professor

Biostatistics, Division of

612-624-9644 | reill017@umn.edu

Additional organization: School of Public Health
Research expertise: Bayesian statistics-modeling and computation, spatial statistics, filtering, survey sampling

Frank Rhame, MD
Adjunct Professor

Epidemiology and Community Health, Division of (EpiCH)

rhame001@umn.edu

Additional organization: School of Public Health
Research expertise: Clinical management of HIV infection

Stephen Rice, PhD
Associate Professor

Microbiology Department

612-626-4183 | ricex019@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Medical School, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise: Herpes simplex virus gene expression

Sabita Roy, PhD
Professor

Surgery, Department of

612-624-5983 | royxx002@umn.edu

Additional organization: Division of Basic and Translational Research, Division of Infection, Inflammation and Vascular Biology, Medical School
Research expertise:
HIV-associated brain and GALT pathology in the context of drug abuse and opportunistic infection

Timothy Schacker, MD
Professor

Medicine, Department of

612-624-9955 | schac008@umn.edu

Additional organization: Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, Division of (IDIM), Program in HIV Medicine
Research expertise:
Factors that increase the likelihood and efficiency of HIV transmission and T cell homeostasis in HIV-1 infected persons

Leslie Schiff, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean

Office of Undergraduate Education

612-624-9933; | schif002@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Microbiology Department, Medical School, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise: Virus-host interactions, viral entry, translational control in virus-infected cells, viral immune avoidance mechanisms

Mark Schleiss, MD
Professor

Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Division of

612-626-9913 | schleiss@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR), Medical School 
Research expertise: Cytomegalovirus

Pamela Skinner, PhD
Associate Professor

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Department of

612-624-2644 | skinn002@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Veterinary Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise: Genomic studies of prion disease and Alzheimer disease, in vivo studies of anti-viral T cell responses to HIV and SIV infections

Nikunj Somia, PhD
Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Department of

612-625-6988 | somia001@umn.edu

Additional organization: College of Biological Sciences
Research expertise:
Development and refinement of retrovirus vectors as tools for gene therapy and gene discovery

Peter Southern, PhD
Associate Professor

Microbiology Department

612-625-2141 | south003@umn.edu

Additional organization: Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise: Human Retrovirus Transmission and Pathogenesis

Vaiva Vezys, PhD
Assistant Professor

Microbiology Department

612-625-4650 | vvezys@umn.edu

Additional organization: Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise: T cell responses in autoimmunity and chronic infections

Robert Vince, PhD
Professor

Drug Design, Center for (CDD)

612-624-9911 | vince001@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry
Research expertise: Antiviral drug design

Daniel Voytas, PhD
Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Department of

612-626-4509 | voytas@umn.edu

Additional organizations: College of Biological Sciences, Center for Genome Engineering
Research expertise: Plant genome engineering through homologous recombination; Retrotransposable elements and genome organization

Carston Wagner, PhD
Professor and Endowed Chair

Medicinal Chemistry, Department of

612-625-2614 | wagne003@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Chemical Biology Initiative, College of Pharmacy
Research expertise: Antiviral Drugs and Drug Resistance

Zhengqiang Wang, PhD
Associate Professor

Drug Design, Center for (CDD)

612-626-7025 | wangx472@umn.edu

Research expertise: Antiviral drug design

Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD
Professor

Division of Basic and Translational Research

612-624-9131; | yamam016@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Department of Surgery, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Research expertise: Cancer gene-therapy and virotherapy

Wei Zhang, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Department of

612-624-1996 | zhangwei@umn.edu

Additional organizations: Division of Basic Sciences, School of Dentistry
Research expertise:
Structural virology