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Geraldine Vilmen, Ph.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute
HIV Dynamics and Replication Program


Geraldine Vilmen earned her Ph.D. in virology from the University of Paris Saclay under the mentorship of Dr. Audrey Esclatine.  Her postdoctoral training in Dr. Amit Sharma’s lab at Ohio State University included work on SARS-CoV-2 replication and SHIV/macaque models of HIV-1 infection.  She is currently investigating the role of host restriction factors in viral replication, focusing on the processing of viral glycoproteins such as SARS-CoV-2 spike or HIV-1 Env, key players in host cell receptor binding and membrane fusion during virus entry.  In 2021 she received a Confirmed Talent Award from the French Government for representing France overseas as part of an esteemed group of young people highlighting opportunities worldwide.

Areas of Expertise

1) HIV pathogenesis, 2) virus assembly, 3) retroviruses, 4) virology, 5) cell biology, 6) structural biology