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Diana V. Pastrana, Ph.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Cellular Oncology


Dr. Pastrana's projects in LCO have been related to the humoral response to papilloma and polyomaviruses.  She has developed neutralization assays for many of these viruses. In addition, she has participated in the discovery of dozens of novel papillomaviruses and a few polyomavirus types.  Her work has directly lead to the development of a polyomavirus vaccine which will soon be tested in clinical trials for prevention of nephropathy in kidney transplant patients.  

Areas of Expertise

1) Cancer and Viruses 2) Polyomaviruses 3) Virus Neutralization 4) Virus Discovery 5) Papillomaviruses 


Selected Recent Publications

Adintoviruses: a proposed animal-tropic family of midsize eukaryotic linear dsDNA (MELD) viruses.

Gabriel J Starrett, Michael J Tisza, Nicole L Welch, Anna K Belford, Alberto Peretti, Diana V Pastrana, Christopher B Buck
Virus Evolution. 7(1): veaa055, 2021.
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Host-Pathogen Interactions in Human Polyomavirus 7‒Associated Pruritic Skin Eruption.

Rachel K.Rosenstein, Diana V.Pastrana, Gabriel J.Starrett, Matthew R.Sapio, Natasha T.Hill, Jay-HyunJo, Chyi-Chia R.Lee, Michael J.Iadarola, Christopher B.Buck, Heidi H.Kong, IsaacBrownell, Edward W.Cowen
Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 141(5): 1344-1348.e8, 2021.
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Discovery of several thousand highly diverse circular DNA viruses

Michael J Tisza, Diana V Pastrana, Nicole L Welch, Brittany Stewart, Alberto Peretti, Gabriel J Starrett, Yuk-Ying S Pang, Siddharth R Krishnamurthy, Patricia A Pesavento, David H McDermott, Philip M Murphy, Jessica L Whited, Bess Miller, Jason Brenchley, Stephan P Rosshart, Barbara Rehermann, John Doorbar, Blake A Ta'ala, Olga Pletnikova, Juan C Troncoso, Susan M Resnick, Ben Bolduc, Matthew B Sullivan, Arvind Varsani, Anca M Segall, Christopher B Buck
eLife. 2020.
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Plerixafor for the Treatment of WHIM Syndrome

David H. McDermott, M.D., Diana V. Pastrana, Ph.D., Katherine R. Calvo, M.D., Ph.D., Stefania Pittaluga, M.D., Ph.D., Daniel Velez, M.S.N., Elena Cho, M.S.N., Qian Liu, M.D., Hugh H. Trout, III, M.D., João F. Neves, M.D., Pamela J. Gardner, D.M.D., David A. Bianchi, M.D., Elizabeth A. Blair, M.D., Emily M. Landon, M.D., Susana L. Silva, M.D., Ph.D., Christopher B. Buck, Ph.D., and Philip M. Murphy, M.D.
N Engl J Med.. 380(2): 163-170, 2019.
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Metagenomic Discovery of 83 New Human Papillomavirus Types in Patients with Immunodeficiency

Diana V. Pastrana, Alberto Perettia, Nicole L. Welch, Cinzia Borgogna, Carlotta Olivero, Raffaele Badolato, Lucia D. Notarangelo, Marisa Gariglio, Peter C. FitzGerald, Carl E. McIntosh, Jesse Reeves, Gabriel J. Starrett, Valery Bliskovsky, Daniel Velez, Isaac Brownell, Robert Yarchoan, Kathleen M. Wyvill, Thomas S. Uldrick, Frank Maldarelli, Andrea Lisco, Irini Sereti, Christopher M. Gonzalez, Elliot J. Androphy, Alison A. McBride, Koenraad Van Doorslaer, Francisco Garcia, Israel Dvoretzky, Joceline S. Liu, Justin Han, Philip M. Murphy, David H. McDermott, Christopher B. Buck
mSphere. 3(6): e00645-18, 2018.
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