RNA Biology Meets Herpes Virology
The overarching goals of our lab are to understand the posttranscriptional mechanisms of gene expression and regulation in the Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and in its human host cell. We are particularly focused on the mechanisms and regulation of nuclear RNA stability, polyadenylation, and mRNA processing by viral and by host cell factors.
Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D., the principal investigator, is an Associate professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The students in the lab are affiliated with the Division of Basic Sciences Molecular Microbiology and Biological Chemistry graduate programs.