- Division of Physiological and Pathological Sciences – DPPS
- Review Branch:
- Immunology and Infectious Diseases A – IIDA
- Study Section:
- Molecular and Cellular Biology of Virus Infection – MCV
Dr. Kenneth Izumi received his Ph.D. in microbiology and Immunology from UCLA, and his research on herpes simplex virus (HSV) focused on the genetics of viral neuroinvasiveness and role of the latency-associated transcripts (LATs) in viral pathogenesis. He received his postdoctoral training and became an instructor in microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. He then moved to the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio as an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology. He investigated the molecular mechanisms by which Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) latent infection membrane protein 1 (LMP1) contributes to the pathogenesis of EBV-related malignancies by altering the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) signaling pathway to regulate cell gene expression that enables latent EBV infected lymphocytes to proliferate.