Program in Tumor Virology

The Program in Tumor Virology seeks to increase understanding of the roles played by oncogenic viruses in tumor development, thus stimulating novel approaches to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures for cancer. This program that is funded in part by a large programmatic federal grant includes both basic and physician scientists. The group studies herpesviruses such as cytomegalovirus and the Epstein Barr Virus, which is causally associated with lymphomas, gastric carcinomas, and head and neck cancers, as well as small DNA tumor viruses such as polyoma and human papilloma viruses, which are responsible for cervical and anogenital cancers and head and neck cancers.