Sunday, May 3, 2009

Philip is awarded BioX and VPUE grants to study HIV transmission in Africa

imagePhilip Bulterys, an undergraduate in the lab, has received a UAR Major Grant and a Bio-X Undergraduate Research Award to pursue his study of the evolutionary dynamics of HIV-1 in the context of Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT). The project will involve comprehensive cloning and genotyping of HIV-1 found in plasma specimens (and other compartments) from infected mothers and their infants from prospective cohorts in Rwanda and Zambia. Together with collaborators at the Stanford School of Medicine, Philip will use molecular and epidemiological methods to characterize the relationship among viral diversity, strength of selection, and phylogenetics of HIV-1 and the risk of vertical HIV-1 transmission. Philip grew up in Rwanda and went to high school in Zambia (and has returned the last two summers to study malaria transmission dynamics in rural areas), so this project has personal meaning for him.

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