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Robert F. Garry , Jr., Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Virology
  • Molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis

Research in my laboratory focuses on a number of aspects of retroviral pathogenesis. We have found that HIV induces a number of defects in plasma membrane ion transport which could account for the loss of CD4+ T-cells in AIDS patients. Another interest is the molecular characterization an isolate of HIV from a patient who died of AIDS in 1969. This is the earliest confirmed case of AIDS in the United States. In addition, we have discovered a retrovirus named human intracisternal A-type retroviral particle (HIAP) which appears to be involved in systemic autoimmune diseases and idiopathic CD4 T-lymphocytopenia. More recently, we obtained evidence for the existance of a human endogenous retrovirus, named human mammary tumor virus (HMTV), which is a close homolog of a virus which causes breast cancer in mice.

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Robert F. Garry , Jr., Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
New Orleans, LA 70112



1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5150