Isabelle Lemasson acts as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at East Carolina University, USA. Lemasson joined ECU in 2005 after earning her Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Montpellier I (France) in 1998 and conducting postdoctoral research at the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Nyborg in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University. The focus of her 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 her 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. Her areas of expertise include HTLV, retrovirus, transcription, and transformation.
Biography Updated on 30 May 2013