Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
Phone: (919) 966-7960
Fax: (919) 962-8103
Diploma Freie University, 1985-1990
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1990-1994
Postdoc, Stanford University, 1994 -1996
Postdoc, UC San Francisco, 1996-1999
By current estimates 30% of all human cancers are of viral origin or require viral infection as an essential cofactor. The goal of Dr. Dittmer's research is to understand viral tumorigenesis; specifically, cancers that are caused by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV/HHV-8). In addition, the lab likes to hunt for new viruses and develop high throughput tools for viral diagnostics.