Britt Glaunsinger

Britt Glaunsinger

Dept of Molecular & Cell Biology
Dept of Plant and Microbial Biology
(510) 642-5427
Research Expertise and Interest
virology, gene expression, herpesvirus
Research Description

We explore how viruses interface with an infected cell, as well as how they hijack cellular machinery for their own use.  We are particularly interested in how herpesviruses shape the gene expression environment of their host cell.  We primarily study gammaherpesviruses, including Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, which is a major cause of AIDS-associated cancers. We anticipate that these studies will enhance our understanding of virus-host interactions, as well as provide insight into how gene expression pathways are normally regulated in human cells.

In the News

August 16, 2010

Researcher tweaks cells with mRNA, in quest to improve antivirals

Berkeley biochemist Britt Glaunsinger studies the cell-takeover tactics of herpes viruses. "Antivirals only work on viruses that are replicating," she says. Discovering ways "to lure latent viruses out of hiding, en masse," is critical to curing herpes, shingles, or HIV.