Martin Ramirez


Martin Ramirez
BS, Biochemistry & Biology
California State University - San Bernadino
San Bernadino, CA
MD, PhD Student
Katya Heldwein, PhD, Rotation Adviser




Herpesvirus are a double stranded DNA virus with a genome that encodes upwards of 200 genes. Of those genes several encode tegument proteins that envelope the capsid which itself is enveloped. The tegument proteins have various roles including but not limited to envelopment, nuclear egress, transcriptional and translational regulation. In my time at the Heldwein lab I aided in the expression, purification and characterization of a few of those tegument proteins, namely UL21, UL11 and UL51. We hope to determine the structure of said proteins to determine their function.

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