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   Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
   Tulane University School of Medicine
   1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
   New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
   Telephone: (504) 988-5150
Cindy Morris , Ph.D.

Research Interests:

- Molecular Virology
- Molecular mechanisms of AIDS pathogenesis and angiogenesis

Research in the laboratory focuses mainly on studying mechanisms of HIV-1 gene regulation and angiogenesis. Major aims of this research are to determine the mechanisms by which the HIV-encoded Tat protein transactivates HIV and cellular gene transcription and how Tat affects adhesion, migration, invasion, survival, proliferation and morphogenesis of vascular endothelial cells during angiogenesis. The angiogenesis research also includes discerning the molecular signaling pathways and downstream effectors induced by a wide range of angiogeneic factors that are involved in both normal and pathological angiogenesis. Additionally, the laboratory is initiating new studies on placental development, specifically to determine the effects of hypoxia and human cytomegalovirus infection on first trimester extravillous cytotrophoblast function that may cause ?shallow? or insufficient placentation associated with preeclampsia, intrauterine growth retardation and fetal death.

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Cindy Morris, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
New Orleans, LA, 70112
504-988-8245
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Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu