George Mason University, USA
Dr. Yuntao Wu is currently a professor at George Mason University, USA, and has 30 years of research experience in virology. He received his Ph.D from Queenâ€™s University, Canada, and his postdoctoral training in NIH, USA. Dr. Wuâ€™s major contributions to HIV virology include: (1) demonstrating that pre-integration transcription is an early process in HIV infection of T cells and macrophages (Science, 2001, 293:1503-6); (2) demonstrating that chemokine coreceptor signaling from CXCR4/CCR5 is critical for HIV-1 latent infection of resting CD4 T cells. He identified the role of cofilin in HIV infection and pathogenesis (Cell, 2008, 134,782); (3) developing the HIV Rev-dependent vector and cell lines for anti-HIV research and gene therapy (Retrovirology 2007, 4:12; Gene Therapy, 2010, 17:1063).
Research Interest: The role of cellular and, in particular, actin cytoskeletal factors in HIV-1 replication events in primary cells