Matthew Butnaru


Matthew Butnaru
BS, Biochemistry
Brandeis  University
Waltham, MA
PhD Student in Biochemistry
Marta Gaglia, PhD, Adviser




Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus is a DNA virus that causes tumors in immunocompromised individuals. The ability of KSHV and other herpesviruses to influence the cellular environment and in particular host gene expression is thought to be key for the success of the viral life cycle. My research aims to understand the viral genes and the susceptible host factors which allow herpesviruses to manipulate host gene expression. Exposing the virus's strategies in controlling gene expression will aid in the development of novel therapeutics as well as broaden our knowledge of basic cellular processes.

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