Applying HIV Research
Johnson’s lab research is largely focused on the study of the HIV retrovirus. First, he hopes that by learning how the HIV virus works, he will be able to develop new drugs to treat and cure the disease. Second, he believes that a thorough understanding of the virus will lead to enhanced gene therapy. Third, he hopes that a better grasp of virus structure in general will lead to a deeper understanding of how human cells work. “Just about everything we know about modern molecular biology came from studying viruses,” Johnson notes.