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Mary Grace Katusiime, Ph.D.

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


Mary Grace Katusiime earned her Ph.D. in medical virology from Stellenbosch University in South Africa under the mentorship of Prof. Gert van Zyl.  She was awarded a Margaret McNamara Education Grant in 2018 and a CROI New Investigator Scholarship in 2019.  Her research is aimed at describing the persistent HIV-1 reservoir in long-term suppressed, perinatally infected children with a focus on genetically intact viruses, rebound viruses, and immune responses during ART.  She is also characterizing proviral integration sites in various cell subsets and proviral decay kinetics in early-treated, long-term suppressed children.

Areas of Expertise

1) pediatric HIV, 2) viral persistence, 3) HIV cure, 4) viral genetics, 5) viral molecular assays, 6) viral evolution