Eunju Park

Research Assistant



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HIV-1 virions spread primarily by direct infected cell-uninfected cell contact, ~1000-fold more efficiently than a cell-free mode through the extracellular space. Upon direct cell-cell contacts, viral and cellular factors are rapidly recruited to the contact sites for efficient virion assembly and transmission. My current research is focused on identifying signaling pathways that are induced by cell-cell contact between HIV-1-infected and uninfected cells and delineating how they contribute to HIV-1 replication and spread.