Alistair McGregor, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Virology (1994) University of Glasgow
Postdoc: University of California, Berkeley
Postdoc: Children’s Research Hospital Cincinnati/ University of Cincinnati
Our lab studies various herpesviruses but the major focus of our research is on the study of cytomegalovirus. Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV or Human herpesvirus 5) is a large DNA virus (>235 kb) that belongs to theBetaherpesvirinae genus of the Herpesviridaefamily. Primary HCMV infection in immunocompetent individuals is usually benign but establishes a lifelong latent state. Immune suppressed transplant recipients or AIDS patients are particularly susceptible to life-threatening end-organ disease. The other vulnerable population is the developing fetus in utero. During pregnancy, the vertical transmission of the virus across the placenta to the fetus (congenital infection) can lead to serious symptomatic disease in newborns that include mental retardation and deafness. Congenital CMV is the leading cause of mental retardation/deafness in newborns with over 5,000 children each year in the US. HCMV is also considered to be a contributing factor to vascular disease and specific cancers (eg. glioblastoma).
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Office address: Room 230 School of Public Health Bldg. A || Lab address: Room 209 School of Public Health Bldg. B
College Station, TX 77843-1114