Program Members


DiMaio, Daniel C.

Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Genetics and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Therapeutic Radiology
Scientific Director, Yale Cancer Center
Deputy Director, Yale Cancer Center

  • Office: (203) 785-2684

Yarbrough, Wendell

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pathology
Section Chief, Otolaryngology
Co-Director Molecular Virology Research Program
Director, Head & Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Clinical Interests: head & neck cancer; ent cancer, oral cancer, oropharyngeal cancer;throat cancer, laryngeal cancer;voice box cancer, head and neck cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, human papilloma virus, human papillomavirus, salivary cancer, acidic cell carcinoma, adenoid cystic, adenoid cystic carcinoma, mucoepidermoid, mucoepidermoid carcinoma, thyroid cancer, well-differentiated thyroid cancer, medullary cancer, medullary, papillary thyroid cancer, papillary, follicular thyroid cancer, follicular, anaplastic thyroid cancer, anaplastic, lymphoma, skin cancer, melanoma, lip cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, base of tongue cancer, nasal cancer, sinus cancer, esthesioneuroblastoma, buccal cancer, palate cancer, soft palate, hard palate, soft palate cancer, soft palate cancer

  • Appt: (203) 200-4622


Brandsma, Janet L

Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Comparative Medicine and of Pathology

Research Interests: Molecular biology of papillomavirus pathogenesis; Development of protective and therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated disease; Vaccines; Virology

  • Office: (203) 785-4401

El-Guindy, Ayman Sayed

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease)

Research Interests: DNA replication; Tumor virus; Herpesvirus; Oncogenic; Transcription factor; Replication protein; Phosphorylation; Protein modification; Kinase

    Hudnall, Stanley David

    Professor of Pathology and of Laboratory Medicine
    Director, Hematopathology Program
    Associate Medical Director, Precipio Diagnostics, LLC

    Research Interests: Tumor immunology; Chronic inflammation; Tumor viruses

    • Office: (203) 737-1221

    Issaeva, Natalia

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)
    Assistant Professor, Division of Otolaryngology, Surgery Department

    Research Interests: Oncogenes and tumor suppressors; DNA replication and repair; P53 regulation and signaling; Head and neck cancer; Human papilloma virus

    • Office: (203) 737-6341
    • Appt: (203) 785-5430

    Iwasaki, Akiko

    Professor of Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
    Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
    Howard Hughes Medical Investigator

    Research Interests: Innate immunity; Autophagy; Inflammasomes; Sexually transmitted infections; Herpes simplex virus; Human papillomavirus; Respiratory virus infections; Influenza infection; T cell immunity; Commensal bacteria

    • Office: (203) 785-2919
    • Lab: (203) 785-7662

    Judson, Benjamin L.

    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)
    Associate Residency Program Director, Otolaryngology

    • Appt: (203) 200-4622

    Kaech, Susan

    Associate Professor of Immunobiology
    HHMI Early Career Scientist

    Research Interests: Mechanisms of memory T cell development; Developmental Biology; Immunobiology; Immunology; Vaccine; Immunobiology; T-Cells; Vaccines; Adaptive immunity and immunological memory to viruses

    • Office: (203) 737-2423
    • Lab: (203) 785-7661

    Kumar, Priti

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis

    Research Interests: RNA interference (RNAi)-based strategies for treating viral infections

    • Office: (203) 737-3580

    Lindenbach, Brett David

    Associate Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

    Research Interests: Cell Biology; Enveloped Viruses; Hepatitis; Hepatitis C Virus; Molecular Biology; Positive-strand RNA Viruses; RNA; Virology; Virus

    • Office: (203) 785-4705
    • Lab: (203) 785-2377

    Means, Robert

    Research Scientist in Pathology
    Director of Graduate Admissions, Microbiology Program

    Research Interests: Viruses; Immune responses; AIDS-associated cancers; KSHV; Adverse pregnancy events; Oncogenesis; Cancer metabolism; Tumor virology; Herpesviruses

    • Office: (203) 785-6160
    • Lab: (203) 785-7614

    Miller, I George, Jr

    John F. Enders Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
    Section Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    Research Interests: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV); Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV); Tumor virology

    • Office: (203) 785-4758
    • Appt: (203) 785-4730

    Miller-Jensen, Kathryn

    (Leave of absence Spring 2015) Asst Prof Biomedical Eng (SEAS)

      Mothes, Walther H

      Associate Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

      Research Interests: cell biology; retroviral replication; retroviruses; immune; viral biology; genetic; biochemical; cell imaging; Viral entry and exit; Retroviruses including HIV

      • Office: (203) 737-2203

      Pyle, Anna Marie

      William Edward Gilbert Prof of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
      Director, Division of Biological Sciences

      Research Interests: Structure and function of catalytic RNA; RNA helicase mechanisms; Computational analysis of RNA structure

      • Office: (203) 432-5633

      Robek, Michael

      Research Scientist in Pathology
      Director of Graduate Studies

      Research Interests: Virus-host interactions; Viral immunology; Hepatitis viruses; Interferon

      • Office: (203) 785-6174
      • Lab: (203) 785-7672

      Rose, John K

      Professor of Pathology
      Director, Molecular Virology Program

      Research Interests: Virology; Vaccine and gene expression vectors based on rhabdoviruses; Membrane protein assembly, transport and targeting; Viral assembly

      • Office: (203) 785-6184

      Santin, Alessandro D.

      Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
      Clinical Research Program Leader, Gynecologic Oncology Program, Yale Cancer Center

      Research Interests: Mutational landscape of gynecolocic tumors; Therapeutic vaccine development for gynecologic malignancies; Tumor immunology; Immunotherapy; Tumor angiogenesis; Radiation biology; Experimental therapeutics in gynecologic oncology

      • Office: (203) 737-4450
      • Appt: (203) 200-4176

      Schlieker, Christian

      Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

      Research Interests: DYT1 Dystonia, Membrane dynamics, Torsin ATPases, Alternative nuclear transport (nuclear egress), Protein quality control, viral pathogenesis

      • Office: (203) 432-5035

      Steitz, Joan A

      Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
      Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

      Research Interests: Autoantibodies; Gene Expression; RNA; RNA Processing; SnRNPs; Viral Transformation

      • Office: (203) 737-4418

      Sutton, Richard

      Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis

      Research Interests: HIV replication and the development of small animal models of HIV; HIV vectors; HIV replication and gene transfer into non-dividing cells

      • Office: (203) 737-3648
      • Lab: (203) 737-3632

      Tattersall, Peter John

      Professor of Laboratory Medicine and of Genetics

      Research Interests: Biochemistry; Genetics; Parvoviruses; DNA replication; Gene therapy; Oncolytic virus; Vaccines; Vectors; Viral replication and vectors

      • Office: (203) 785-4586
      • Lab: (203) 785-6517

      Van den Pol, Anthony N.

      Professor of Neurosurgery

      Research Interests: Hypothalamus; Neuroendocrinology; Neural control of energy homeostasis; Neuropeptide modulation of amino acid transmitter actions; Hypocretin/orexin and MCH neurons; Neurovirology; Viral vectors; Oncolytic viruses

      • Office: (203) 785-5823

      Xiong, Yong

      Associate Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

      Research Interests: Innate immune systems; HIV; fatty acid synthase (FAS); polyketide synthase (PKS); Viral vectors

      • Office: (203) 436-2608

      Yarbrough, Wendell

      Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pathology
      Section Chief, Otolaryngology
      Co-Director Molecular Virology Research Program
      Director, Head & Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

      Research Interests: Head and neck oncology; Salivary oncology; Mouse modeling of human cancer; Human-in-mouse cancer models; Tumor suppressor activity; Molecular defects in cancer; NF-kappa B; NF-kB; Signaling; DNA damage; Human papilloma virus; HPV

      • Appt: (203) 200-4622