Jason Bodily, PhD

Jason Bodily, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Bodily recieved his BS, MS in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Brigham Young University and then his PhD in Microbiology from Penn State University Hershey Medical Center. Dr Bodily recieved postdoctoral training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr Laimonis Laimins. Research: Dr Bodily's work focuses on human papillomaviruses (HPVs), which are the causative agents of cervical and other cancers. As part of their normal life cycles, these small DNA viruses infect stratified epithelia and establish persistent infections, usually resulting in minor hyperproliferation, but occasionally progressing to malignancy. My interest is in the viral-host interactions that enable HPVs to persist and multiply. We can model all phases of the viral life with both wild-type and genetically modified viruses using a variety of cell culture techniques, including organotypic culture, to establish persistent HPV infections in vitro. Current focus in the laboratory is on how the viral oncoproteins control viral and cellular gene expression in order to help the virus evade host innate immune responses, and how viral manipulation of cellular genes affects the interaction between infected epithelia and neighboring stroma.