Dr. Dirk Dittmer got his PhD at Princeton University in 1994. He continued on to do two postdoctoral fellows, one at UC San Francisco and the other at Stanford University. The goal of his research is to understand viral cancers; specifically, cancers that are caused by Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). KSHV is a double-stranded DNA virus with about 80 open reading frames, which belongs to human herpesviruses. His lab’s focus is on transcriptional profiling (mRNA and microRNA), identification of new viruses, regulation of KSHV latency and mouse models of KSHV oncogenesis and pre-clinical drug development.
About Friday ID Conference
The Division of Infectious Diseases, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, and Center for AIDS Research at UNC co-sponsor a weekly conference series which features distinguished clinicians and scientists from UNC, local universities, and other national and international institutions. The topics are varied and appeal to not only infectious disease specialists, but also professionals in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, biostatistics and other global health-related disciplines.
The conference takes place every Friday, September through June, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus. For more information, or to suggest a speaker, please contact the conference coordinator, Kathy James. To sign-up to receive weekly announcements of the conference, click here.