Cullen Receives 2013 Research Mentoring Award

March 29, 2012 

Durham NC —Bryan R. Cullen, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Director of the Center for Virology in the Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has received the 2013 Research Mentoring Award for Basic Science Research. The Research Mentoring Awards were created in 2009 to honor the outstanding research mentors in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Winners of this award demonstrate excellence in numerous aspects of mentoring, including accomplishments of individual mentees, programs implemented by the mentor, or by exceptional creativity in mentoring.

Cullen obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from Warwick University in the UK and an MSc in Virology from the University of Birmingham before moving to the USA, where he obtained a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. In 1987, he was recruited to Duke University Medical Center as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Assistant Professor.

Cullen’s interests have historically revolved around the use of viruses as genetic tools to understand aspects of the biology of the eukaryotic cell, focusing particularly on RNA-sequence mediated gene regulation. Currently, his laboratory is studying the biogenesis and function of microRNAs, and in particular, virus-encoded microRNAs and also works on human factors that act as innate inhibitors of both retrovirus infection and retrotransposon mobility.

Cullen will be recognized by Dean Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, at the annual Spring Faculty Meeting, which will be held in the Great Hall of the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education on Tuesday, April 30 from 4:45 to 6:30pm.