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Dr. Darren J. Wight


Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin

Institut für Virologie

Postdoc (Drittmittel)

Robert-von-Ostertag Str. 7-13
14163 Berlin

I am interested in the biology of viruses that integrate their genetic material into the genome of the host and the impact that this has on the host cell. Currently I am focused on human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and the mechanism by which this virus integrates into the telomeres of cellular chromosomes.

Specific areas of focus are listed below:

  • Identifying and characterizing viral and cellular factors involved in HHV-6 integration.
  • Development of tools to study virus integration/reactivation in real-time.
  • Modulation of telomeres and telomere-associated factors by HHV-6.
  • Impact of HHV-6 integration on human health.