Research Bench Lab

Terhune Laboratory

Location

Microbiology & Immunology

TBRC C2890

General Interests

Human Cytomegalovirus Host-Cell Protein Interactions During Infection

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Scott Terhune Laboratory
Research Bench Lab

Research Areas

Our research focuses on determining the molecular functions of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) proteins during infection and disease. HCMV is a member of the beta-herpesvirus family of viruses which includes HHV-6 and 7. Infection occurs upon exposure to virus-containing body fluids, is life-long and generally asymptomatic in healthy children and adults. However, during pregnancy, HCMV infection may result in congenital birth defects including hearing loss and neurological damage. In immunologically immature or compromised children and adults, infection often results in life threatening diseases. And, increasing evidence suggestions that persistent life-long HCMV infection is associated with numerous chronic diseases including atherosclerosis, immuno-senescence, cancer and possibly Alzheimer’s Disease.

Current Members

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Katie Cataldo

Research Technologist II

kcataldo@mcw.edu

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Megan Schumacher

Research Technologist I

mschumacher@mcw.edu

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Rebekah Mokry

Graduate Student

rmokry@mcw.edu

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Suzette Rosas

Graduate Student

srosas@mcw.edu

Recent Publications