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July 7th, 2022. Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Torbett on his $29M award from NIH/NIAID to establish and support the Behavior of HIV In Viral Environments (B-HIVE) Center, a multi-institutional program comprising 31 leading HIV researchers at 15 U.S. institutions and one in England. One of six funded centers nationally, B-HIVE is a highly collaborative project that will study HIV at the atomic, genomic and biological level.

June 23rd, 2022. Congratulations to Christian Gallardo for his manuscript “Selective ablation of 3′ RNA ends and processive RTs facilitate direct cDNA sequencing of full-length host cell and viral transcripts”, published in Nucleic Acids Research. Thanks to co-authors and close collaborators at the Routh Lab at UTMB.

June 21st, 2022. Dr. Chet Ojha joins the Torbett Lab as a Staff Scientist. Dr. Ojha brings breadth and depth of experience in virology, and will be involved in studies on the effect of opioids on HIV entry, and in work related to lentiviral vector gene delivery.

May 26th, 2022. Christian Gallardo gave an oral presentation at the “Transcription and Splicing” session at the 2022 Retroviruses Meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory reporting on his studies developing novel sequencing approaches to simultaneously sequence full-length host cell and HIV-1 transcripts without PCR amplification.

May 18th, 2022. Eirini Vamva gave an oral presentation at the 25th annual American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy reporting on her studies using a Lentiviral Vector to deliver the eCD4-Ig immunoadhesin to human B cells to enable HIV-1 neutralization.

May 11th, 2022. Congratulations to Kristina Seiler for her manuscript “Hexokinase 3 enhances myeloid cell survival via non-glycolytic functions”, published in Cell Death and Disease. Thanks to co-authors and close collaborators at the Tschan Lab at University of Bern.

March 18th, 2022. Congrats to Eirini Vamva for her manuscript “An optimized measles virus glycoprotein-pseudotyped lentiviral vector production system to promote efficient transduction of human primary B cells“, now published in STAR Protocols (Cell Press). Thanks to co-authors and collaborators at the Verhoeyen, James, and Rawlings Lab.

January 8th, 2022. Congratulations to Shiyi Wang for her manuscript “Covariation of viral recombination with single nucleotide variants during virus evolution revealed by CoVaMa“, now published in Nucleic Acids Research. Thanks to co-authors and close collaborators at the Routh Lab at UTMB.

October 19th, 2021. Eirini Vamva presents a Poster at the European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Annual Congress on her work using Lentiviral Vector Delivery of eCD4-Ig to support HIV-1 neutralization.

July 9th, 2021. Congratulations to senior author Christian Gallardo, and Shiyi Wang, for their manuscript “MrHAMER yields highly accurate single molecule viral sequences enabling analysis of intra-host evolution”, now published in Nucleic Acids Research. Thanks to co-authors and collaborators at UCSD and UTMB.

May 25th, 2021. Torbett Lab members Christian Gallardo, Eirini Vamva, and Shentian Zhuang present Posters at the 2021 Retroviruses CSHL Meeting.

May 29th, 2021. Christian Gallardo presents at London Calling 2021 , the yearly Oxford Nanopore Sequencing conference, on the lab’s highly accurate nanopore sequencing approaches (MrHAMER).

March 31st, 2021. Congratulations to Christina Garza, joint Grad Student with the Forli Lab at TSRI, on a successful Advancement to Candidacy as part of the Scripps Research Doctoral Program . Committee Members include Ashok Deniz, PhD (TSRI), Lisa Racki, PhD (TSRI), Phil Dawson, PhD (TSRI), and David Goodsell, PhD (TSRI).

March 30th, 2021. Congratulations to Shiyi Wang on a successful Advancement to Candidacy as part of the M3D PhD Program at UW. Committee Members include Lisa Frenkel, MD (UW), Deborah Fuller, PhD (UW), Jesse Bloom, PhD (Fred Hutch), and Pejman Mohammadi, Ph.D (TSRI, External Examiner).

March 6th, 2021. Christian Gallardo presents his work at vCROI 2021 on new full-length sequencing approaches to interrogate the evolution of HIV drug resistance

March 5th, 2021. Congratulations to Shentian Zhuang for her manuscript “Interactions of HIV-1 Capsid with Host Factors and Their Implications for Developing Novel Therapeutics”, now published in Viruses .

January 8th, 2021. Christian Gallardo presents at HIVE Winter FTF Meeting on updates on highly accurate sequencing of patient isolates to interrogate in vivo evolution of drug resistance to cART.

September 1st, 2020. The Torbett Lab moves to Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI) and the University of Washington (UW) Dept. of Pediatrics. The Lab will be part of the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies at the Jack R. MacDonald Building in SCRI’s Research Campus in the bustling Denny Triangle neighborhood in Downtown Seattle.