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James Schoelz

Education B.A. Biology/Chemistry, Point Loma College Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky Research Description The Jim Schoelz lab is working to understand the environmental and genetic factors that influence the pathogenicity and host range of plant viruses. They have identified a gene in cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) that triggers a hypersensitive defence response in solanaceous

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David Pintel

Fields of Interest Molecular Virology Education Ph.D. 1979, University of Illinois Research Statement The parvoviruses are amongst the smallest of all viruses; they have a compact and highly regulated small (5kb) single-stranded DNA genome and thus provide an excellent opportunity for understanding the life cycle of an important pathogen at a detailed molecular level, with

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Donald Burke

Fields of Interest Mechanism and evolution of catalysis by ribozymes. Education Ph.D. 1992, University of California, Berkeley Research Statement Understand the mechanism and evolution of catalysis by ribozymes and the molecular basis of retroviral inhibition by RNA-based drugs. Both aptamers and ribozymes are found in nature and can be isolated from combinatorial libraries containing ~1015

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