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Welcome to the Luban Lab
….where we study viral replication, pathogenesis, and immunity
…as well as a bunch of other topics
…and attempt to learn about ourselves in the process
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Key to above images:
1. Logo of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the public medical school of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where the Luban Lab is located.
2. HIV-1 virion cut-away by autopack.org, courtesy of Graham Johnson & colleagues.
3. Micrograph of dendritic cells derived from CD34+ human hematopoietic stem cells, 2 hrs after stimulation with LPS. Note spiky dendrites! Courtesy Sean McCauley.
4. The South American owl monkey (Aotus trivirgatus):
– is monogamous, nocturnal, and weighs ~ 1 kg
– engages in social annointing/group intoxication with crushed millepedes
– encodes TRIM5Cyp, to our knowledge the most potent anti-HIV-1 restriction factor
5. FACS plot of human monocyte derived dendritic cells, 48 hrs after challenge with HIV-1-GFP, showing infected cells (GFP+, X-axis) and matured cells (CD86+, Y-axis). Courtesy Sean McCauley.
6. RNA-Seq data from monocyte derived DCs, in a time-course after stimulation with multiple factors. Data courtesy Sean McCauley and Anetta Nowolskielska. Heat-map courtesy of Manuel Garber.
7. An emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) resided in the UCSF office of Harold Varmus for studies leading to the discovery of oncogenes (verbal communication, Paul Bates)
“Dominique (Stahelin) then used the src probe in molecular hybridization experiments to look for evidence of src-related DNA, revealed by base pairing, in normal DNA from a variety of birds. The results were unambiguous and stunning: DNA closely related to the viral src gene was present in normal DNA—first from chickens and then from other birds, such as duck, turkey, quail, and even, most memorably, an emu we obtained from the Sacramento Zoo.” – Harold Varmus