Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Herpes Virus Symposium

Symposium 2019


Opening remarks: Professor Erle Robertson, PhD

Gertrude and Werner Henle Lectureship Keynote Speaker: Lawrence  S. Young, PhD, Pro-Dean, Warwick Medical School, Director of the Warwick Cancer Research Centre, University of Warwick, UK.

Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics & Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida, presents: “Diabetes-related Inflammasome Components Trigger the Replication switch of Epstein-Barr virus”.

Claude Krummenacher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rowan University, presents: “Interaction between the HSV receptor nectin-1 and the natural killer cell receptor CD96”.

Robert Yarchoan, MD,  Senior Investigator HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch, National Cancer Institute, Moderator of first session.

Hyun Jin Kwun, PhD, Assistant Professor Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology Penn State University College of Medicine, presents “Surface charge of Merkel cell polyomavirus small t antigen: a key determinant of cell transformation”.

Paul Lieberman, PhD,  Hilary Koprowski, M.D., Endowed Professor The Wistar Institute, Moderator of third session.

Robert  P. Ricciardi, MA, PhD, Chair and Professor of Department of Microbiology, Penn Dental Medicine,  University of Pennsylvania, presents “Developing an Antiviral Stapled-Peptide to Treat Herpes Ocular Keratitis, the Leading Cause of Blindness in the World”. 

Sean Lawler, PhD, Assistant Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, presents: “Cytomegalovirus promotes brain tumor growth via pericyte recruitment and angiogenesis”.

Yan Yuan PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Penn Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, presents: KSHV Infection of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Leads to Kaposi's sarcoma and Osteosarcoma”.

Professor Lawrence Young and Ileana Cristea, PhD,  Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, Moderator of second session