Department of Microbiology

Neurovirology Research

Viral infections of the central nervous system (CNS) differ from infections of other organs in that the CNS is partially isolated from the periphery by the blood brain barrier, and this results in distinctive host responses to infection. The University of Pennsylvania has a long history of research in neurovirology, organized originally by Dr. Neal Nathanson, one of the pioneers of neurovirology in the late 1970s. A training grant in neurovirology has funded postdocs and predocs trainees at Penn for the last thirty years. The neurovirology group includes investigators from the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine as well as the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Studies focus on virus-receptor interaction during viral entry and spread and pathogenesis of infection of the CNS, including the use of viruses for gene therapy of the CNS and investigation of host factors involved in pathogenesis of neurotropic viruses. A variety of viruses are studied including Herpes simplex virus, HIV and other retroviruses, measles, bunyaviruses, alphaviruses and coronaviruses.

Neurovirology Researchers include:
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Professor of Microbiology
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Microbiology
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Chair, Department of Pathology
Professor of Neurology
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology
Research Assistant Professor of Neurology
Professor of Microbiology
Professor of Pathobiology in Pediatrics

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