Smith, Jason

Faculty Profile

First Name: 
Jason
Last Name: 
Smith
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Title: 
Assistant Professor
Primary Institution: 
UW
Department/Division: 
other
Department/Division: 
Microbiology
E-Mail: 
Mail/Box #: 

357735

Office Location: 

J-279A Health Sciences

Office Phone: 
(206) 685-6144
Research

Research Summary: 

My lab is primarily focused on understanding the role of defensins in antiviral immunity. Defensins are a class of antimicrobial peptides with broadly acting antibacterial activity; however, their role in antiviral immunity, particularly for nonenveloped viruses, is less well understood. Using a variety of approaches from virology, cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology, and genetics, our work is focused on understanding the interaction of defensins with pathogenic viruses, including adenovirus, HPV, and rotavirus, in molecular detail. We are also interested in using animal models of viral diseases to understand the role of defensins in antiviral immunity in vivo.

Short Research Description: 
role of defensins in antiviral immunity
Areas of Interest: 
Microbiology, Infection & Immunity
Keywords: 
<p> defensins, antivirals, adenovirus, rotavirus, HPV</p>
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Year: 
2014 - 2015

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