Polyomaviruses in infectious and neoplastic skin disease

Human Papillomaviruses (HPVs) and Human Polyomaviruses (HPyVs) mediate some of the most prevalent and persistent infections worldwide. These viruses can also give rise to deadly cancers including Cervical Cancer, Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancers, and Merkel Cell Carcinoma. We are interested in understanding how HPVs and HPyVs interact with their hosts to cause both infectious and neoplastic diseases.