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Vineet N. KewalRamani, Ph.D.
Dr. KewalRamani is the chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Earl Stadtman Virology Search Committee and was a co-organizer of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 37th annual meeting on Retroviruses held in May of 2012. He is a past chair of the NIH Norman Salzman Virology Scientific Committee. He has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Virology, PLoS ONE, Retrovirology, and Virology. He was tenured by the NIH in 2010.
Examination of Virus-Host Interactions at Molecular, Cellular, and Animal Levels to Better Understand HIV Immunopathogenesis and the Development of Antiviral Resistance
The Model Development Section (MDS) seeks to translate basic research findings to develop model systems that more faithfully mimic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in vivo. These model systems will be used to investigate questions on viral transmission, viral pathogenesis, and the contribution of the host immune system in these processes. Each research project within the MDS commences with in vitro analyses of viral replication in transformed and primary cell systems. Many of these studies are then complemented by an in vivo component to extend the in vitro findings and explore questions that are only possible within an animal model.
Current projects in the MDS include:
(1) Mechanisms of dendritic cell-mediated HIV transmission with an emphasis on the role of DC-SIGN in this process.
(2) Developing model systems to examine HIV/SIV mucosal transmission and the role of immune system cells in this process.
(3) Identification of the restrictions to HIV replication in mouse and macaque immune cells with a goal to create improved mouse and macaque models to study HIV replication
(4) Macaque models to study the evolution of HIV resistance to antiviral therapy.
Please visit the MDS publications page to see our progress in these various research areas.
Visiting scientists, graduate students, or postdoctoral candidates interested in the possibility of performing research studies in the MDS should contact Dr. Vineet KewalRamani (firstname.lastname@example.org). Information for other postdoctoral positions in the HIV DRP can also be found on the Recruitment web page.
This page was last updated on 2/20/2013.