Micah Luftig, PhD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Director, Center for Virology

Headshot of Micah Luftig, PhD0036 CARL Building
Box 3054 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Phone: (919) 668-3091
Fax: (919) 681-8979
Email: micah.luftig@duke.edu

 

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The overarching goals of the Luftig Lab research program are to understand the molecular mechanisms that enable Epstein-Barr virus to establish latency, switch to the lytic cycle, and promote disease. We use cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary and highly collaborative approaches to characterize the temporal dynamics and single cell heterogeneity of EBV infection. With these strategies, we aim to discover fundamental molecular circuits underlying transcriptional control, viral manipulation of host signaling pathways, and metabolic regulation that collectively influence infected cell fate decisions. By understanding the nature of viral control of infected host cells, we are also well positioned to discover vulnerabilities in EBV-associated diseases and characterize new therapeutic interventions in cell-based and pre-clinical animal models.