Myles Thaler Center for AIDS and Retrovirus Research
Research was endowed and Center Director David Rekosh, Ph.D. recruited after a nationwide search in 1992. Dr. Rekosh has a central role in the Infectious Diseases Program as a member of the Steering Committee. The Center consists of five faculty members, all of whom are preceptors for this training grant (D. Rekosh, L. Hammarskjold, D. Kedes , and M. Roberts). The research interests of the Center investigators include the molecular biology of HIV RNA transport, interaction of HIV gene products with the immune system, virulence of HIV isolates in a human - SCID mouse model, and molecular mechanisms of latency of Kaposi Sarcoma associated herpes virus.
The Center is located in 6,000 square feet of laboratory space in Jordan Hall (again in close proximity to other Infectious Diseases Program faculty laboratories in Jordan Hall and MR4). Programs sponsored by the Thaler Center of special interest to trainees in the Infectious Diseases Program include the weekly Research in Progress series, and Thaler Center Seminars which are incorporated into the Department of Microbiology seminar series.