Friday Morning Conference: Role of Gamma/Delta T Cells in HIV Persistence

This week's Friday Morning Conference will feature Natalia Soriano-Sarabia, PhD. She will discuss the "Role of Gamma/Delta T Cells in HIV Persistence."

When Jan 26, 2018
from 08:30 AM to 09:30 AM
Where Bioinformatics 1131
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The laboratory of Dr. Natalia Soriano-Sarabia at the UNC HIV Cure Center studies the role of gd T cells in HIV persistence. While their well-known cousins, classical ab T cells, are the primary targets of HIV infection, less is known about gd T cells. As a member of CARE (the Collaboratory of Researchers for AIDS Eradication), Dr. Soriano is characterizing and defining cellular reservoirs of latent HIV infection, and identifying novel latency reversal agents.

Dr. Soriano-Sarabia received a BS in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Alcala de Henares in Spain, and a PhD in biology at the University of Seville. As a postdoctoral fellow at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, she focused on understanding the immune biology of gδ T lymphocytes. She moved to UNC in 2011, joining the exciting race to cure HIV. In 2015, she took a faculty position in the Division of Infectious Diseases, and in 2016 was awarded an R01 to further define the role of gδ T lymphocytes in HIV latency. She will outline her recent studies, including data on the ability of gδ T lymphocytes to act as anti-HIV effectors.

Refreshments will be served 

About Friday Morning Conference

The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Center for AIDS Research at UNC co-sponsor a weekly conference series that 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 May, 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 Dr. Arlene Seña or Kathy James.

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