Karl Munger, PhD

karl munger

Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology



Lic Phil II, Biochemistry, University of Zurich
Dr Phil II, Biochemistry, University of Zurich
Postdoctoral Training, National Cancer Institute, NIH


Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 607
Laboratory: Jaharis 401B

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-0306
Lab Phone: 617-636-4082
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Biochemistry, Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Genetics


Research Synopsis

My research group studies the molecular mechanisms that contribute to the oncogenicity of “high-risk” human papillomaviruses (HPVs), which cause almost all cases of cervical carcinomas and a large proportion of other anogenital tract and oral cancers. While cervical cancer rates have been decreasing in the US, rates of HPV associated anal and oral cancers are on the rise, and cervical carcinomas remain a major cause of cancer death in women, worldwide. Current prophylactic vaccines do not alter disease progression in already infected individuals and since vaccination rates in the US remain low, high-risk HPV infections will remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality. We also investigate cutaneous HPVs, as well as certain animal papillomaviruses, to investigate how infections with these viruses contribute to skin carcinogenesis


Lab Members

Miranda Grace, Laboratory Manager  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Mallory Harden, PhD Student in Virology Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Surendra Sharma, PhD Student in Biochemistry  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Tyshia Wellman, PhD Student in Virology  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research