Sebla B. Kutluay, Ph. D.

Principal Investigator

Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program
Immunology Program
Computational and Systems Biology Program

Office: Room 8220, McDonnell Pediatrics Research Building
Phone: 314-747-8908

Maritza Puray-Chavez, Ph. D.

Staff scientist

Maritza is working on identifying novel mechanisms at the HIV-1-host interface.

Abhishek Kumar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Abhishek is investigating the role of HIV-1 integrase-gRNA interactions in virion maturation.

Hung (Kyle) R. Vuong

DBBS Graduate Student

Kyle is investigating the RNA-binding properties of numerous antiviral host proteins and ISGs.

Jenna E. Eschbach

DBBS Graduate Student

Jenna is investigating the HIV-1 sensing pathways in virus replication.

Dana Q. Lawson

Research Associate

Dana Q. is investigating the novel role of HIV-1 integrase protein in particle maturation.

Shawn Mohammed

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Shawn is leading efforts to understand the rules that govern selective packaging of dimeric HIV-1 genomes.

Yiqing (Mike) Wang

Bioinformatics Research Assistant

Mike is developing data analysis pipelines for various NGS-based methods heavily utilized in the lab.


Michaela Madison (Research Technician): University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dana Townsend (Research Technician): Currently a research tech at University of Washington.

Jenna Eschbach (Research Technician):  Graduate student at Washington University in STL.

Kasyap Tenneti (Research Technician): MD/PhD candidate at Rutgers University.

Jennifer Elliott (Graduate student-MMMP): Postdoctoral fellow at Emory University

Kacie Warshowsky (Research Technician): University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Keanu Davis (Research Technician): MD/PhD candidate at the Cornell Weill/Rockefeller U/MSK

Christian Shema Mugisha (Graduate student-MCB): Scientist at Millipore-Sigma

Nakyung Lee (Bioinformatician): Graduate student at University of Maryland.