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How HIV Works

Comparing parts of the HIV virus to the structure of a missile, Johnson explains the various components. A complete understanding of the HIV structure and life-cycle will help scientists develop new treatments for the disease. “It’s pretty remarkable, and there’s clearly a lot about it that we don’t yet know,” Johnson admits. Most of his research revolves around the protein Gag.

Researching Retrovirals

Marc Johnson
Assistant Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
UM Columbia

By Tanya Sneddon