Raquel Burger-Calderon Ph.D.

Raquel Burger-Calderon
Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami
Year Completed Ph.D.: 2014
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Research Advisor: Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque
Thesis Title:

The BK virus and HIV-associated Salivary Gland Disease:  Corroborating the link

1.Assess the importance of BKV as a possible complication of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) by analyzing the BKV viral load in patients pre- and post-HAART

2.Identify the virologic response to the antiviral targeting BKV in HIVSGD

3.Determine whether HIVSGD is associated with BKV primary infection by analyzing blood from HIV positive children 4.Specify the role that HIV plays in the pathogenesis of BKV salivary gland infection in vitro