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Consequences of Retroviral DNA Integration to AIDS and Evolution

March 16, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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An NIH virtual presentation entitled “These Viruses are Forever: Consequences of Retroviral DNA Integration to AIDS and Evolution” will be held on March 16, 2021 as part of the 2021 Demystifying Medicine Series.

The 2021 Demystifying Medicine Series, which is jointly sponsored by FAES and NIH, will begin January 12 and includes the presentation of patients, pathology, diagnosis and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research. Primarily directed toward Ph.D. students, clinicians and program managers, the course is designed to help bridge the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases. Each session includes clinical and basic science components presented by NIH staff and invitees. All students, fellows and staff are welcome, as well.

About the Speaker

John Coffin is an American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology, Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

BA, Biology, Wesleyan University
PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Postdoctoral Training, Institut für Molekularbiologie, University of Zürich

Our research interests revolve around obtaining a better understanding of the interaction of retroviruses with their host cells and organisms. We use simple retroviruses (avian and murine viruses) as well as HIV to elucidate the nature of the retrovirus-receptor interaction; control of viral gene expression; mechanism of retroviral genetic variation; and evolution of the host-virus relationship, as revealed by the fossil record provided by endogenous proviruses found in the normal DNA of all vertebrates and many other species.

Please visit the NIH Demystifying Medicine website for more information.


March 16, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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