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Our School of Medicine nucleates a large number of distinguished virologists in the Microbiology and Immunology community. Among these, Drs. DeVico, Gallo, Garzino-Demo, Guan, Kamin-Lewis, Lu, Lewis, Pauza, Romerio, Salvato, Sundberg and Tagaya work at the adjacent IHV, and study the molecular mechanisms of infection and pathogenesis caused by primate (HIV and SIV) and rodent retroviruses, human herpes type 8 viruses, paramyxoviruses and arenaviruses viruses.The IHV is actively pursuing vaccine development for these viral pathogens. Dr. Feldman studies mechanisms of oncogenesis by RNA tumor viruses and uses transgenic animal models for targeted delivery of genes to specific tissues in vivo.  Dr. Frieman studies the pathogenesis and host response of the SARS Coronavirus.

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UM SOM Researchers Unravel Mechanism That Plays Key Role in Sexual Differentiation of Brain

McCarthyDuring prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. In most species, some portions of male and female brains are a different size, and often have a different number of neurons and synapses. However, scientists have known little about the details of how this differentiation occurs. Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has illuminated some details about how this occurs.‌

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