Marta Gaglia, PhD


Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology



BSc, Molecular Biology, University College London
PhD, Neuroscience, University of California - San Francisco
Postdoctoral Training, University of California - Berkeley


Campus: Boston
Office: Arnold 611D
Laboratory: Arnold 611

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-3586
Lab Phone: 617-636-0318
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Immunology, Molecular Microbiology


Research Synopsis

The reprogramming of host gene expression is an aspect of the interaction between viruses and infected cells that can be crucial for the success of the viral infection. We are interested in uncovering mechanisms viruses use to control host gene expression through the exploitation of cellular pathways. We use a combination of high-throughput transcriptional analysis and classical approaches to tackle these questions. Our studies focus on an AIDS-related pathogen, Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), which causes Kaposi’s sarcoma and aggressive lymphomas. Kaposi’s sarcoma remains the major cause of cancer-related death in parts of Africa. The function of many of ~90 genes of KSHV is unknown, but we have identified new roles for several of them in the control of gene expression. Understanding the biology of KSHV and other related herpesviruses will help in the design new therapeutic strategies and will also give us additional information on the normal working of cells.


Lab Members

Matthew Butnaru, PhD Student in Biochemistry  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Tate Tabtieng, PhD Student in Biochemistry  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