Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Over 1 in 5 cancers worldwide are caused by infections. The Cancer Virology Program (CVP) is dedicated to research on the viruses causing human cancer as well as using viruses as tools to fight cancer. The CVP includes over 30 investigators working on four major research themes: (1) Viral Oncology; (2) AIDS-related Malignancies; (3) Viral Vectors for Human Gene Therapy; and (4) New Pathogen Discovery.

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Research Themes:

Viral Oncology

Investigations focused on basic tumor virology to understand how viruses and viral and host proteins contribute to human cancer

AIDS-related and Other Immunodeficiency Malignancies

Studies of cancers arising in the setting of AIDS, organ transplantation, or other conditions associated with infection or immunosuppression

Viral Vectors and Gene Therapy

Development of vector-based vaccines, oncolytic virus therapies, and vectors for gene delivery

New Pathogen Discovery

Search for and identification of viral agents that cause or contribute to human cancer using genomic technologies