The Center is unique in its ability to simultaneously apply and integrate genomic, proteomic, bioinformatic, and immunologic analyses to the characterization of nonhuman primate models of virus infection. The Center has established the Division of Nonhuman Primate Systems Biology to integrate complementary technologies to provide previously unavailable characterization of nonhuman primate response to infectious agents and vaccines.
The four Cores of the division—Genomics, Proteomics, Protective Immunity, and Animal Models—provide the resources needed to analyze nonhuman primates at multiple points along the flow of biological information; from the whole animal to DNA to RNA to protein to biological function. By integrating these diverse types of data, we have the opportunity to better understand the dynamics of the host response to infection and the molecular mechanisms underlying the progression to virus-mediated disease, immunopathology, or the development of protective immunity. We also have the opportunity to better understand how gene expression changes (in response to infection) translate into changes in protein abundance and function, and how these changes correlate with clinical outcome.
This multilayered and integrated approach also allows us to evaluate the biological significance of specific gene expression changes. Moreover, by working with an animal model, we can assess how changes in gene expression and protein abundance affect immune cell function, and how the innate immune response develops and its link to adaptive immunity. This integrated approach can translate into molecular signatures that predict protective immunity or pathology, biomarkers for diagnostic or prognostic assays, and a rational base for improvements to antiviral therapies or vaccine strategies.
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Core Staff Scientists
|Shiu-Lok Hu||AIDS-Related Diseases|
|Core Staff Scientist||Department of Pharmaceutics|
|Michael G. Katze||Nonhuman Primate|
|Core Staff Scientist||Department of Microbiology|