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David Martinez

Graduate Student

3104 MSRB II
Box 103020 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919.681.1944
Fax: 919.668.4859

David Martinez

Research interests: HIV, HCMV

I attended the University of Oklahoma (OU) and majored in Microbiology. While microbe hunting was interesting, I was more fascinated by viruses and their uncanny ability to commandeer the cell to execute their selfish instructions. After completing a summer research program in a virology laboratory, I was convinced that viruses were my passion. While taking a virology course my senior year I became interested in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). I chose Duke University because of its strong program in HIV vaccine research, and I joined Dr. Sallie Permar’s laboratory. My interests lie at the nexus of virology and immunology and the constant game of cat and mouse between host and pathogen(s). When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy reading, listening to music, playing with my dog (a Sheltie named Nina), unsolicitedly educating people around me, about science, and better understanding the world around me. 


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