Recent Thesis Topics
The Virology and Gene Therapy Program is a newer Mayo Graduate School Ph.D. program, therefore, only a few students have completed their theses at this time.
"Determinants for the TRIM5alpha-mediated Restriction of Retroviral Production", Seiga Ohmine, Ph.D.
"Development of a Prostanoid-Based Gene Therapy Platform That Reduces Intraocular Pressure", Roman Antonio Barraza, Ph.D.
"Understanding, and Exploiting, the Contribution of the Immune System to the Therapeutic Efficacy of Oncolytic Virotherapy with Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)", Phonphimon Wongthida
"Tumor-selective, replicating VSV: Effects on tumor microenvironment and interactions with the host immune system", Feorillo Herrera Galivo, Jr., Ph.D.
"MicroRNA-mediated targeting for oncolytic virotherapy", Elizabeth J. Kelly, Ph.D.
"The role of LEDGF/p75 in the lentiviral life cycle", Anne Marie Meehan, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D.
Current areas of ongoing research include:
- Molecular mechanism of viral replication
- Virus-cell interactions
- Viral pathology and immunopathology
- Virotherapy and immune-based therapies for cancer
- Targeted viral vectors
- Gene therapy of cardiovascular diseases
- Gene therapy of hematological malignancies
For more information on virology and gene therapy research at Mayo Clinic, see the faculty profiles.