Dr. Isabelle Lemasson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at East Carolina University. Dr. Lemasson joined ECU in 2005 after earning her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Montpellier I (France) in 1998, and conducting post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Nyborg in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University. The focus of Dr. Lemasson’s research program is a retrovirus called Human T-cell Leukemia Virus type 1. This virus causes a fatal form of cancer known as adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) as well as a neurological disorder called HTLV-1 associated myelopathy. While twenty million people are infected with this virus, only a small percentage of them will develop one of these diseases. Research in Dr. Lemasson’s laboratory is mainly focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that contribute to the development of ATL. Current studies aim to clarify how certain viral proteins deregulate transcription. Areas of expertise: HTLV, retrovirus, transcription, transformation.
Biography Updated on 13 May 2013