Clinical Interests for Referring Providers
My clinical interests include general infectious diseases, HIV, and infections of the central nervous system. We have also developed a multidisciplinary clinical program with Neurology to provide specialized care for patients with neurological infections and inflammatory diseases of the nervous system.
Research Interest for Referring Providers
Our laboratory studies the basic interactions between RNA virus infections and host cellular responses. Our current research in the laboratory studies viral RNA structures that are conserved to manipulate the host immune system as targets for vaccine development. We also discovered that the protein that causes Parkinson's disease, alpha-synuclien, restricts viral infections in the nervous system. We are defining the mechanism of alpha-synuclein restriction of viral infections and determining the potential role of innate immune stimulation as a trigger for Parkinson's disease in genetically susceptible individuals.