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Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

John Coffin

American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology
John Coffin

John Coffin

American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology

Office phone: 617-636-6528
Lab phone: 617-636-6526
Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 409
Laboratory: 
Jaharis 401C
Education: 
BA, Biology, Wesleyan University
PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Postdoctoral Training, Institut für Molekularbiologie, University of Zürich
Research synopsis: 

Our research interests revolve around obtaining a better understanding of the interaction of retroviruses with their host cells and organisms. We use simple retroviruses (avian and murine viruses) as well as HIV to elucidate the nature of the retrovirus-receptor interaction; control of viral gene expression; mechanism of retroviral genetic variation; and evolution of the host-virus relationship, as revealed by the fossil record provided by endogenous proviruses found in the normal DNA of all vertebrates and many other species.

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