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James Kirui, Ph.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute


James Kirui earned his Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Mehle.  He is investigating host factors involved in HIV-1 Gag trafficking, assembly, and release.  James received the NCI Director’s Innovation Award in 2020 for developing highly sensitive reporter-virus vectors that provide a simple, rapid tool for functional studies of the late stages in HIV-1 replication as well as high-throughput screening for cellular factors and small molecules that promote or inhibit HIV-1 particle production.  He also received a 2022 Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) from NIH.  In December 2021, he was promoted to Research Fellow.

Areas of Expertise

1) virology, 2) host factors, 3) molecular biology, 4) reporter virus systems, 5) technology transfer